GROSVENOR, CHATER & CO. (STATIONERS AND PAPERMAKERS) RECORDS

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of Grosvenor Chater & Co., mostly relating to the Abbey Mill, 1827-1982, including letter books, 1897-1927; correspondence and papers, 1903-[1970s]; diaries, 1934-1980; paper samples, 1943-1981; photographs, 1880-1980; order books, 1886-1939; records relating to paper sales, 1899-1966; records of paper made, 1872-1975; stock books, 1890-1936; records of goods purchased, 1890-1979; statistics, 1920-1982; wages books, 1880-1956; account books, 1827-1978; and maps and plans, 1868-1964.

Administrative / Biographical History

The stationery firm of Grosvenor, Chater & Co. was established by Robert Grosvenor, a wholesale stationer in Leadenhall Street, London. The firm was founded c. 1690 (though evidence for its founding is uncertain) and is believed to be one of the earliest suppliers to the Bank of England, incorporated in 1694. In 1790, Eliezer Chater became a partner. The firm became known as Grosvenor, Chater & Co. in 1804. From 1765 to 1851, the headquarters of the firm was at 11 Cornhill. Later it moved to Cannon Street, where the firm remained until 1974. The firm acquired the Abbey Mill, in the Greenfield Valley, Holywell, Flintshire, in 1854. The mill, which had operated since 1770, produced high-quality writing and ledger paper. At one stage the Abbey Mill became a separate company, Grosvenor Chater (Abbey Mill) Limited. The mill closed in 1982, and in 1992, the Grosvenor Chater group of companies were dissolved.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following: letter books; correspondence and papers; diaries; samples; trade marks; analyses; photographs; order books; paper sales; paper made; stock books; goods purchased; statistics; wages books; account books; maps and plans; and historical notes.

Conditions Governing Access

Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Chief Executive, Delyn Borough Council, Clwyd, 1994 and later.

Note

Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided).

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: Flintshire Record Office, Schedule of Grosvenor, Chater MSS; Companies House websearch (http://ws1info.companieshouse.gov.uk/), viewed 13 September 2004.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office and at the National Register of Archives. Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: Flintshire Record Office, Schedule of Grosvenor, Chater MSS; Companies House websearch (http://ws1info.companieshouse.gov.uk/), viewed 13 Sep 2004.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Usual Copyright Restrictions Apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Further material in the Flintshire Record Office is:

A tape recording of an interview with A. Hugh Rutt, Joint Managing Director of Abbey Mills, TR/20.

A cine film of Abbey Mills was transferred to the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, MG/16/A/1661; a video copy is available in Flintshire Record Office, V/6.

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