Scope and Content

Consists of private ledgers 1907-1963; expenses ledger 1923-1965; petty cash book 1957-1965; wages book 1956-1961; financial statements 1900-1931; accounting papers 1912-1942; minute books 1951-1964; premises records 1880-1890; records of partnerships 1906-1912; records of limited companies 1908-1931; papers relating to the formation of Goodenoughs of Reading Ltd 1951-1962; external agreements 1900-1919; property records 1889-1908; records of W H Gibbons and Son 1873-1916; records of legal disputes and court actions 1893-1924

Administrative / Biographical History

The corn merchants Goodenoughs of Reading Ltd was formed from the amalgamation of two separate companies, both of which were in existence before the turn of the century. F. Goodenough and Co Ltd was trading in 1888, when it acquired premises in Station Road (formerly Beecroft's Steam Printing works- see TR GOO/AD4/1-2), and was registered under the Companies Acts in 1908. In April 1919 it amalgamated to form Goodenoughs Ltd with W.H. Gibbons and Son, which was also trading in Reading at the turn of the century, having premises in Northfield Road and Valpy Street, and which had already joined forces with Palmer and Barlow (agricultural merchants of Oxfordshire). Goodenoughs Ltd was wound up voluntarily in March 1951 in order to carry out a reorganisation of capital, forming Goodenoughs of Reading Ltd, which continued to occupy premises in Northfield Road and Station Hill (see TR GOO/AC4/4-5). Goodenoughs of Reading Ltd was sold 22 May 1962 (see TR GOO/CO2/34).


  • TR GOO/AC1/1-9 Ledgers
  • TR GOO/AC2/1 Cash book
  • TR GOO/AC4/1-5 Wages books
  • TR GOO/AC7/1-10 Financial statements
  • TR GOO/AC9/1-2 Accounting papers
  • TR GOO/AD1/1 Minute book
  • TR GOO/AD4/1-2 Administrative premises records
  • TR GOO/CO1/1-2 Company records, partnerships
  • TR GOO/CO2/1-35 Company records, limited companies
  • TR GOO/CO2/36-42 Share certificates
  • TR GOO/CO2/43-46 Share transfer forms
  • TR GOO/CO3/1-3 External agreements
  • TR GOO/CO4/1-6 Company property records
  • TR GOO/CO7/1-2 Records of legal disputes

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Acquisition Information

Accession number DX10


Compiled by Zoe Watson, March 2004

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