Records of Needlewoman Ltd, textile manufacturer, London, England

Scope and Content

  • Minute books 1928-1963;
  • Registers of directors and members 1928-1959;
  • Ledgers 1933-1947;
  • Miscellaneous ledgers 1931-1933;
  • Journals 1931-1939;
  • Cash books 1931-1935;

Administrative / Biographical History

Needlewoman Ltd , textile manufacturer, London, England was registered in October 1928  with the Clydesdale Bank Nominees Ltd holding the majority of the shares. The Central Agency Ltd , selling agents, Glasgow, Scotland was appointed in 1932  as the selling agent of the company for their traced goods, though this appointment was cancelled in 1934. Needlewoman Ltd operated a retail shop on Regent Street, London, England and published the Needlewoman magazine with William Briggs & Co Ltd , transfers and traced needlework manufacturers. In 1934  , an agreement was signed with J & P Coats Ltd , thread manufacturers, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland and Leach's Publications Ltd concerning the disposal of Needlewoman.

The shop consisted of five departments; Central Agency Goods, Traced and Fancy Goods, Wools, Paper Patterns, Transfers etc, and Baby Linen. In 1934, Associated Thread Sales Ltd, selling agents, Leicester, England, became the sole selling agent for the company's goods, except those sold in their retail shop and the magazine. The company appears to have been dissolved in March 1985  .


This material is arranged by company and then arranged into series, which consist of numbers of items related by function and/or format. 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 0198å£ (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : 1995 : ACCN 0240å£ (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)

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

Held by J & P Coats Ltd


None expected

Related Material

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

GB 248 UGD 199/2 Records of The Central Agency Ltd

See source list on Textiles available via Glagsow University Archive Services homepage at

Material in other repositories: no material associated by provenance


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

This material is original

No alterations made to date

Geographical Names