Records of I P Clarke & Co Ltd, thread manufacturers, Leicester, England

Scope and Content

  • Minute books 1907-1962;
  • Letters and correspondence, 1906-1908;
  • Registers of members and directors 1939-1960;
  • Ledgers 1938-1981;
  • Private ledgers 1907-1932;
  • Journals 1938-1948;
  • Private journals 1907-1980;
  • Property papers, 1929;
  • Legal papers, 1907;
  • Annual returns 1907-1948.

Administrative / Biographical History

I P Clarke & Co Ltd, thread manufacturers, Leicester, England was incorporated with limited liability in June  1907 , to acquire the business of I P Clarke & Co. The registered office was at Belgrave Thread Mills, Leicester. In  1934 ,  Associated Thread Sales Ltd, selling agents, Leicester, was appointed as the company's sole selling agent. In  1936  the company converted to a private company. In 1936, the company transferred their shares in Associated Thread Sales Ltd to Needlewoman Ltd, textile manufacturer, London, England. In the same year, they bought shares in Clark Thread Co, thread manufacturers, Newark, New Jersey, USA, the Rhode Island branch of J & P Coats Ltd, thread manufacturers, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland and United Thread Mills Ltd, thread manufacturers, Glasgow, Scotland. In 1937 the company terminated their contract with Associated Thread Sales Ltd. In  1951  and  1954  the company sold their business in the United Kingdom and all other parts of the world as a going concern to  J & P Coats Ltd. In 2002, I P Clarke & Co Ltd was still an active as a holding company, based at Stockley Park, Uxbridge, England.


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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Appraisal Information

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Custodial History

Held by J & P Coats Ltd


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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 199/19 Records of Associated Thread Sales Ltd

GB 248 UGD 199/23 Records of Needlewoman Ltd

GB 248 UGD 199/5 Records of George A Clark & Bros - Clark Thread Co

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

GB 248 UGD 199/4 Records of United Thread Mills Ltd

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