John Foster and Son, Business Archive

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) Ledgers, 1828-41; (2) Private ledgers, 1841-89; (3) Stock books, 1830-90; (4) Memoranda books, 1842-58; (5) Bank and cash books, 1828-88; (6) Wage books, 1820s-81 (incomplete); (7) Intake and weighing-off books, 1840-66; (8) Cost and price books, 1838-73; (9) Colliery and clay pit records, 1826-63; (10) Private letters: (i) Incoming, 1846-82; (ii) Outgoing, 1852-1902; (11) Letter files (incoming) on specific subjects, 1849-80; (12) Mainly incoming correspondence, much extracted from private letter files, 1833-ca.1950; (13) Partnership papers, 1868-84; (14) Papers of various railway companies, 1852-84; (15) Miscellaneous papers, 1824-1923.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Foster and Son, of Black Dyke Mills, Queensbury, near Bradford, were worsted, alpaca, and mohair spinners and manufacturers, established in 1819

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this material is unrestricted.

Other Finding Aids

Described in Patricia Hudson, The West Riding wool textile industry: a catalogue of business records from the sixteenth to the twentieth century , 1975

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