Scope and Content

Contains: ledgers of individual shareholder accounts 1924-1944; registers of produce South East Area 1954-1970; cash book 1937-1940; wages books 1962-1970; annual financial statements and reports 1921-1972; minute book 1936-1965; file of circular letters to members n.d. [20th cent]; rule books 1920, 1964; share registers 1920-1926; index books to shareholders [1920's]; leaflet promoting election candidate for post of British Wool Marketing Board Southern Region Member [1960s]; Newsletters 1968-1972; postcard of society employees [1930s]; article produced in Kent Farmer concerning the history of Kent Wool Growers Ltd 1952; pamphlet-transcript of eighteenth century letter concerning sheep farming on Romney Marsh Wye College Occasional Publication No 7 1956

Administrative / Biographical History

Kent Wool Growers Ltd was established in 1920 with headquarters in Ashford. It's purpose was to enable wool producers to combine to market their wool in the lucrative London market as opposed to selling individually and less profitably to local dealers, who offered an all-in-price for wool rather than grading and pricing each clip according to quality. From an initial membership of 75 and selling 2,500 fleeces at auction in London, the society had expanded to 1,341 members and handling 244,800 fleeces by 1939, becoming an 'A' Merchant under the British Wool Marketing Board after the War (ie collecting and grading wool for marketing as the Board's agent)


AC Accounts

AC1 Ledgers

AC2 Cash Books

AC4 Journals and other books of original entry

AC7 Financial Statements

AD Administrative Records

AD1 Minutes

CO Company Records

CO2 Records of Companies and limited concerns including capital

P Publications, Promotions and Advertising Records

P2 Individual advertising publications

P4 House Journals

PH Photographic Records

PH3 Prints

SP Social and Personal Records

SP1 General reference records including company histories

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

The records were deposited in September 1972 (CR 72/96)


Compiled by Caroline Gould, January 2003

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at the Museum of English Rural Life

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Geographical Names