Records of Shanks & Co Ltd, sanitary ware manufacturers, Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Catalogues, 1907-1968;
  • Patents, 1877-1891;
  • Production records, 1943-1947.

Administrative / Biographical History

The origins of  Armitage Shanks can be found in  1853  with a company called  Shanks & Co Ltd when John Shanks opened a plumber's shop in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland. He soon began manufacturing brass fittings for the piped water and sewage systems just being introduced and in  1866  he opened a brass foundry in the centre of Barrhead. Initially the company bought in the pottery they used for their baths and washbasins, but in  1900  they opened their own pottery. The firm was run by the Shanks family until  1969  when it merged with another company to form Armitage Shanks. In  1980  Armitage Shanks became a member of the Blue Circle Industries group. However, in  1992 , the Barrhead factory shut down and operations for Armitage Shanks now only function in England. Source: Moira Burgess, Discover Barrhead & Neilston (1992)


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Burgess, MoiraDiscover Barrhead and Neilston . : Renfrew District Council,Department of Arts & Libraries , 1992 .

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Fonds level description compiled by Vikki Laidlaw, Hub Project Assistant, 18 November 2005.

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