Records of Kay and Backhouse Ltd., Agricultural and Dairy Engineers, Fossbridge, York and other items

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised predominantly of handwritten ledgers for the company Kay and Backhouse Ltd. which give details of the work undertaken by the company for different clients and the cost of the work. Each client is given their own page(s) with additions to their accounts made over several years. The ledgers U DX122/19-21 appear to be a continuation of the ledgers at U DX122/14-18, with accounts carrying on into the second set of ledgers once the clients' pages had been filled in the first set of ledgers.

There are also three other items which do not relate directly to Kay and Backhouse Ltd. but were donated at the same time.

Administrative / Biographical History

William and Thomas Kay took over in 1877 an ironmongery carried on by the Thacker family who had been saw and tool makers since the 1830s. In 1891 Kay and Backhouse came into being, specialising as agricultural and dairy engineers. The business was in Fossbridge, York (Bellamy, 'Some aspects of the economy of Hull', i, p.354 citing Industries of Yorkshire, p.174).

Access Information

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Custodial History

Donated by Dr Alan Harris, Department of Geography, University of Hull, 7 March 1977 [U DX122/1], June 1983 [U DX122/2-22],19 June 1986 [U DX122/23] and 13 April 1990 [U DX122/24]

Related Material

Northern Dairy Engineers Ltd. [C DBND/1/2]


Bellamy, Joyce, 'Some aspects of the economy of Hull in the nineteenth century' (unpub. PhD, Hull, 1965)