Records of Associated Thread Sales Ltd, selling agents, Leicester, England

Scope and Content

  • Minute books, 1934-1963;
  • Registers of members, 1934-1959;
  • Ledgers, 1934-1981;
  • Annual returns, 1939-1942;
  • Particulars of directors or managers, 1937-1942;
  • Journals, 1934-1980;
  • Cash books, 1935-1940.

Administrative / Biographical History

Associated Thread Sales Ltd, selling agents, Leicester, England, was incorporated in September  1934  with a capital of £100. There were two major shareholders,  I P Clarke & Co Ltd, thread manufacturers, Leicester, and  Needlewoman Ltd, textile manufacturer, London, England. The company was appointed sole selling agent in Great Britain for  J & P Coats Ltd, thread manufacturers, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and Needlewoman Ltd except for the goods the latter sold in their retail shop at Regent Street, London, and the Needlewoman Magazine. In  1936 , I P Clarke & Co transferred their shares to Needlewoman Ltd and so the registered office was moved from Leicester to London. In 1942 it was moved to Brentford, Middlesex, England. In 2012, Associated Thread Sales Ltd was still active with offices in Manchester.


This material is arranged into series, which consist of numbers of items related by format and/or function. 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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Custodial History

Held by J & P Coats Ltd


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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 199/8 Records of I P Clark & Co Ltd

GB 248 UGD 199/23 Records of Needlewoman Ltd

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

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