Scope and Content

These records are mainly UK patent specifications, principally for lawn mowers and some are duplicates of those held at the Signal Tower Museum Ladyloan, Arbroath.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Shanks was founded in 1840. It operated from the Dens Iron Works, Arbroath, until 1967 when it was taken over by Giddings and Lewis Fraser Ltd and restyled Gilman-Fraser Ltd. The firms speciality lay in lawn mower manufacture, but it also undertook a wide variety of general engineering work.


AD Administrative and Commercial Records

AD8 General Correspondence

CO Legal Records of Companies and Businesses

CO5 Patenting

P Publications, Promotions and Advertising Records

P2 Individual Advertising and Servicing Publications

P8 Proofs of Engravings

PH Internal Photographic Records

PH3 Individual Prints

SH Records of Shows and Exhibitions

SH3 General Records of Exhibitions, Shows, Meetings and Matches

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Material deposited in October 1971 T71/11


Compiled by Carolinne Gould, 22 November 2002

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

Please contact the Archivist

Related Material

The majority of the firm's surviving publications about 100 in number dating from the 1840's to c.1950 are housed in the Signal Tower Museum, Ladyloan, Arbroath together with two of the actual lawn mowers, including the original machine.

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