Cordes (Dos Works) Ltd MSS

Scope and Content

Records of Cordes (Dos Works) Ltd, 1835-1957, including deeds and related documents, 1835-1900, relating to properties in Newport, Malpas, and Bassaleg, Monmouthshire; business records, 1840-1908, including minutes, 1883-1899, management agreements, 1840-1853, and papers relating to the liquidation of J. J. Cordes & Co., 1903-1904; naturalisation papers of J. J. Cordes, 1844-1853; correspondence, 1847-1853, 1952-1956.

Administrative / Biographical History

J. J. Cordes & Co. Ltd was a firm of nail manufacturers based in Newport, Monmouthshire, founded by James Jamieson Cordes (b. [1798]). Cordes was of French and American descent, becoming a naturalized British citizen in 1853. He opened the Dos Works in Newport in about 1835, so named because it was the second works he established. J. J. Cordes & Co. Ltd went into liquidation in 1903. Its assets were taken over by Cordes (Dos) Works Ltd and the Dos Works remained open until 1961.


D169 arranged into the following: administration; management and development; property; general; personal and private; D372 arranged broadly chronologically.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

D372 deposited by Messrs Pennington & Son, 64 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2, 1962.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, List of documents deposited in the Monmouthshire Record Office, Newport, by Messrs Cordes (Dos Works) Ltd (D169); Gwent Record Office, Deeds relating to Cordes (Dos) Works, Newport (D372), catalogue; Monmouthshire Record Office, Guide to the Monmouthshire Record Office (Monmouthshire Record Office, 1959); Davis, Haydn, The History of the Borough of Newport: from swamp to super-town (Newport, 1998); National Register of Archives (, viewed 6 January 2006.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

A history of the company is in Gwent Record Office, Misc. MSS 2099.

Geographical Names