Records of Lindustries Ltd, thread manufacturers, Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Scope and Content

  • Administrative records, 1883-1971;
  • Financial records, 1903-1970.

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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Loan: Gillian Benwell : Lindustries Ltd, Watford, England : 10 December 1980

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

Received directly from creator


None expected

Related Material

GB 0248 UGD 199/36, Coats PLC, records regarding thread mills in hilden, Lisburn.

Location of Originals

This material is original


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Additional Information

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.

Geographical Names