- Administrative records, 1883-1971;
- Financial records, 1903-1970.
Records of Lindustries Ltd, thread manufacturers, Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Linen Thread Co Ltd was established to manufacture thread for use in the shoemaking and netting industries in 1898 following the amalgamation of The Barbour Flax Spinning Co, Paterson, New Jersey, USA, Barbour Brothers, New York, USA, The Marshall Thread Co, Newark, New Jersey, USA, W & J Knox Ltd, Kilbirnie, Renfrewshire, Finlayson, Bousefield & Co Ltd, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, and William Barbour & Sons Ltd, Hilden, Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Shortly afterwards the following companies were also absorbed; Ainsworth & Sons Ltd, Dunbar McMaster & Co Ltd, Crawford Bros Ltd, F W Hayes & Co Ltd, Robert Stewart & Sons Ltd, The American Net & Twine Co and The Boston Net & Twine Co. In around 1928 the company acquired the thread manufacturing interests of Lindsay, Thompson & Co Ltd, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The firm had agents around the world and expanded production into France, Italy, Australia, Brazil and Japan. In the 1960s the firm was renamed Lindustries Ltd .
Sources: The Linen Thread Co Ltd, The Faithful Fibre. The story of the development of the Linen Thread Company Ltd and its subsidiaries, (Glasgow, 1956).
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
Conditions Governing Access
Loan: Gillian Benwell : Lindustries Ltd, Watford, England : 10 December 1980
Other Finding Aids
Digital file level list available in searchroom
Alternative Form Available
No known copies
Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
None which affect the use of this material
Conditions Governing Use
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures
Received directly from creator
Location of Originals
This material is original
No known publications using this material
Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names
Collection catalogued by Jenny Cooknell, Assistant Archivist, 19 July 1999. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Vikki Laidlaw, Hub Project Assistant, 06 July 2005. Catalogue edited by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, 22 January 2013.