Scope and Content

Consists of debenture registers 1897-1921; sales ledgers 1856-1929; sales ledgers wholesale series 1881-1932; sales registers agricultural set 1; 1927-1940's; sales registers agricultural set 2 1940's-1950's; sales registers agricultural set 3 1953-1955; sales registers agricultural set 4 1956; sales ledgers engineering set 1 1930-1946; sales ledgers engineering set 2; agency sales registers of agricultural machinery 1930-1951; card file of customers for steam engines and parts 1910's; card files of inquiries and correspondence for steam and motor engines mainly road rollers 1920-1969; registers of employees 1926-1946; order number register 1920-1974; plant register 1966-1973; price book 1920-1940's; Wallis and Steevens drawings including portable steam engines - 3 and 4 NHP; 6 NHP; 8 NHP; 10 NHP, semi-portable and stationary steam engines and boilers, traction engine - SC 6 NHP; SC 8 NHP; general road rollers, steam wagons and steam tractors, steam engines - general components, ploughs and scarifiers, turnip and manure drills, land rollers, thrashing machines, elevators, oat bruisers, grinding mills, flour mill machinery layouts, water wheels, hydraulic lifts, carts and wagons and railway wagons 1850's-1930's; sketches 1919-1963; other firms drawings including Moss Gear, W H Dorman Engines, Coventry Diesel Engines n.d.[twentieth century]; drawing registers 1870's-1964; steam engine registers 1872-1938; thrashing machine register 1899-1927; motor roller register 1930-1946; shop books 1900-1930's; pattern register 1862-1950's; gearing register 1900-1940's; boiler register 1904-1951; partnership records and limited company records 1892-1937; prospectus for shares and applications 1897-1908; dividend books 1912-1959; share certificate books 1897-1948; debenture registers 1924-1977; minute books of board meetings 1893-1961; registers of directors 1901-1970; general accounts ledger 1897-1970; journals 1897-1960; liquidation account book 1897; registers of bills receivable 1910-1951; bank books 1897-1947; financial statements 1893-1959; annual reports and statements to share holders 1960-1980; census of production records 1907-1912; registers of employees 1950's-1970's; apprenticeship records 1903-1908; valuation records 1892-1962; stock records 1967; price book 1936-1980; sales records 1926-1980; hire purchase records 1909-1934; motor roller summary books 1952-1981; publications by Wallis and Steevens and other firms 1940's-1970's; artwork and proofs n.d.[twentieth century]; photographs 1906-1939 and records of Wallis and Steevens Auxilliary Ltd private company including share ledger 1900-1948 and minutes 1929-1948

Administrative / Biographical History

Wallis and Steevens Ltd were established in the 1840's in Hampshire. The firm began trading in the mid nineteenth century as agricultural implement maker and dealers. During the 1860's they moved into agricultural steam engineering, producing portable steam engines and thrashing machines. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries they specialised in self-moving steam engines, including traction engines, steam tractors, road rollers and steam wagons. From the 1920's onwards the firm were mainly steam and motor road roller makers, and agricultural machinery dealers.


  • TR WAL/1 Company Records
  • TR WAL/2-52 Accounts
  • TR WAL/53-67 Commercial Records
  • TR WAL/68-76 Drawing Office Records
  • TR WAL/77-100 Manufacturing Records
  • TR WAL/101-104 Partnership Records
  • TR WAL/105-156 Limited Company Records
  • TR WAL/157-164 Records of General Meetings&Board Meetings
  • TR WAL/165 Real Estate Records
  • TR WAL/166-273 Accounts
  • TR WAL/274-292 Administrative&Commercial Records
  • TR WAL/293-297 Drawing Office Records
  • TR WAL/298-306 Manufacturing Records
  • TR WAL/307-314 Publications
  • TR WAL/315-316 Photographs

Access Information

Available for consultation

Acquisition Information

Deposited as a gift 1981 and 1983


Compiled by Zoe Watson, March 2004

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