Records of The Dyer Co: London Branch, sugar beet factory builders, London, England

Scope and Content

  • Journal 1926-1927

Administrative / Biographical History

In the 1920s  , Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons , civil engineering contractors, London, England, became informal partners with the Dyer Co of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, which specialised in designing and building sugar beet factories. In partnership, the two firms built factories for sugar beet companies in England at Peterborough; Bardney, Lincolnshire; Brigg, North Lincolnshire; and Selby, North Yorkshire. Dyer designed the factories and machinery and took charge of construction, while McAlpine provided finance and put their organisation and equipment at Dyer's disposal. The profits from each contract were divided equally between the two firms but McAlpine ceased their interest in beet sugar companies in 1936  .


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Acquisition Information

Deposit : Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd : 1985

Other Finding Aids

Digital and manual file level lists of the surviving records of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd, subsidiaries and related companies are available in the searchroom ref: UGD 254

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S) 3111) and London (NRA32523)

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

Custodial History

Held by Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd, Kettering. Transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 1985 during the preparation of the company history.


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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 254/1 Records of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd

See source sheet on sugar available via the Glasgow University Archive Service homepage at

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Additional Information

This material is original

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 31 January 2003

No alterations made to date

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