Records of James Chadwick & Bros Ltd, cotton manufacturers, Bolton, England

Scope and Content

  • Minutes, 1891-1960;
  • Correspondence, 1899-1906;
  • Private ledgers, 1893-1897;
  • Ledgers, 1891-1898;
  • Legal papers and agreements, 1892-1910;
  • Memorandum and articles of association, 1932;
  • Share prospectuses, 1891-1893;
  • Recreational staff records, 1929-1949;
  • Report, 1896.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Chadwick & Bros Ltd, cotton manufacturers, Bolton, England was formed in  1893  and was doing business in New York, USA and Montreal, Canada.

In  1896 ,  J & P Coats, thread manufacturers, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, amalgamated with  Clark & Co Ltd, thread manufacturers; Paisley, its American associates;  Jonas Brook & Bros Ltd, thread manufacturers, Meltham Mills, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; and James Chadwick & Bros Ltd to form the enlarged firm of  J & P Coats Ltd, with a market value of around £22 million, and approximately 25,000 shareholders. Each company maintained its identity with the preservation of the names and trade marks which were used for the particular market with which they were associated. In 1917, The Clark Thread Co, thread manufacturers, Newark, New Jersey, USA, purchased the American business of James Chadwick & Bros Ltd.  United Thread Mills Ltd, thread manufacturers, Glasgow, Scotland, was incorporated in March 1931 and almost immediately entered into agreements with J & P Coats Ltd, Clark & Co Ltd, Jonas Brook & Bros and James Chadwick & Bros for United Thread Mills Ltd to purchase properties from them. The companies continued to operate in their mills, but as a branch of United Thread Mills Ltd. In 2012, James Chadwick & Sons Ltd was still a registered company.


This material is arranged by company and then arranged into series, which consist of numbers of items related by function and/or format. Within series the items are generally arranged chronologically

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Indefinite loan : J & P Coats : Glasgow : c1984

Indefinite loan : Coats Viyella plc : London: 1991 : ACCN 0146 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : via Business Archives Council in Scotland : 1993 : ACCN 0198 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : 1995 : ACCN 0240 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : 1996 : ACCN 0255 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : Coats Viyella plc : Swinton, Manchester: 2000 : ACCNs 1887, 1925, 1926, 1996

Indefinite loan : ACCN 0054

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)2576) and London (NRA20914)

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Appraisal Information

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Custodial History

Held by J & P Coats Ltd


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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 199/1 Records of J & P Coats Ltd and Coats Patons Ltd

GB 248 UGD 199/6 Records of Clark & Co Ltd

GB 248 UGD 199/18 Records of Jonas Brook & Bros Ltd

GB 248 UGD 199/5 Records of The Clark Thread Co and George A Clark & Bros Inc

GB 248 UGD 199/4 Records of United Thread Mills Ltd

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