Papers of the Subsidiaries in the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes; statutory records; financial records and miscellaneous papers of the following subsidiary companies in the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive: Bentley Hall Brick Company Ltd. Walsall; Bowser International Ltd. London; British Racing Motors Ltd and B.R.M. Ltd; Darlaston & District Housing Company Ltd., Darlaston; Gasel Ltd and Gasel Appliances Ltd, Oakengates, Salop; Hudson Brown Ltd., Oldbury; Invicta Electrodes Ltd., Willenhall; Leabank Office Equipment Ltd., Darlaston and London; Owen Kleine Structures Ltd., Darlaston; Owen Organisation Estates Ltd.; Owen Organisation Foundries Ltd.; Owen Organisation (Transport) Ltd.; Owen Organisation Pensions Ltd.; Rubery Owen (Heating) Ltd.; Read-Westlake Company Ltd.; Rubery Owen (Linwood) Ltd.; Rubery Owen (Parking) Ltd.; Rubery Owen (Pumps) Ltd.; Rubery Owen (Warrington) Ltd.; Salopian - Kenneth Hudson Ltd.; Shorrock Superchargers Ltd.; W.Gwennap (Agricultural) Ltd.; E.Camelinat Ltd.

Administrative / Biographical History

These subsidiary companies were formed or acquired by Rubery Owen & Company Ltd.

Reference: Catalogue to the Collection.


This collection forms part of the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive

The Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive has been arranged using the following classification scheme: 1 Minute Books; 2 Statutory Records; 3 Financial Records; 4 Correspondence; 5 Letter Books; 6 Printed Publications; 7 Other Publications; 8 Diaries; 9 Agreements; 10 Press - Cuttings; 11 Reports; 12 Notices; 13 Functional Records; 13.1 Preparation for Retirement; 13.2 Industrial Life & Christian Teamwork; 13.3 Group Archives.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd in 1994.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A catalogue to file level is also available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

A general collection level description exists for the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive as a whole (MSS.338). Collection level descriptions also exist for Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd and predecessors (MSS.338/RO); papers of the subsidiary companies including: Darlaston Group (MSS.338/ROD); Conveyancer Group (MSS.338/ROC); Domestic Equipment Group (MSS.338/RODE); Fasteners Group (MSS.338/ROF); Distributors Group (MSS.338/ROJ); G.&L. Hill Group (MSS.338/ROL).

An authority record exists for Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd. (GB 152 AAR2219).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

Files relating to Sir Alfred's activities as a member and chairman of the Staffordshire County Council were transferred to the Staffordshire County Record Office in 1974. The Rubery Owen Photographic and Film Collection is held by the Staffordshire Film Archive at Staffordshire University.


A guide to the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive is available from the Modern Records Centre:

Leonard McDonald, Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd. Archive (University of Warwick, 1997).  Please contact the Centre's staff for further details