A small and very scrappy accumulation of deeds and papers of a branch of the Cookson family directly descended from Isaac Cookson (ca. 1678/79-1743), merchant, of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Despite their paucity, the papers illustrate some of the Cooksons' wide-ranging industrial and business activities on Tyneside, in particular their interests in glass and bottle-works, iron and steel foundries, coal, lead, copper, zinc, antimonyand other chemical works, and banking, as well as including a little personal material.
The collection has been arranged in the following sections:
- I/1-18 and II/19-34: Deeds and associated documents, 1722-1786 and 1756-1876. The subjects of these documents include: (I/1-14, 16, 18) glass-works and salt pans in SouthShields, Co. Durham, 1722-1786; (I/15) a glass-works at the Close Gate in Newcastle upon Tyne, 1770; (I/17-18) brick and tile-making in Westoe, Co. Durham, 1778-1786; (II/19-22) a banking and exchange business in Newcastle upon Tyne, 1756-1786;(II/23-29) shares in a privateer called the Heart of Oak (formerly the Britannia employed in the Greenland Whale fishery), 1778-1779; (II/30) the Mickley Coal Company, 1853; (II/31-33)inventions relating to lead-manufacturing, 1874-1876; (II/34) the apprenticeship of John James Warden with Messrs. Cookson and Company of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1867.
- III/1-57 Correspondence, papers and pamphlets, 1811- ca.1930s. As well as a little family material these items include: (III/1-26) material concerning the holdings of William Cuthbert in Cookson and Company, lead manufacturers, 1868-1876;(III/27-29) three letters concerning the Alkali Bill, 1904; (III/41-47) papers and pamphlets relating to Cookson industries on Tyneside, 19th-20th centuries; (III/48) folder containing typescript history by John James Warden, Cookson manager, ofCookson industries in the North-East, 18th-20th centuries, with a bibliography ([?ca.1927], 64ff.); (III/49-51) manuscript Cookson pedigrees; (III/53) photographs of three banknotes, 1758/9, 1762 and 1821; (III/56-57) printed books of reference tothe 25 inch to one mile Ordnance Survey plans of the parishes of All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne and St. Andrew, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1861.
- IV/1-4 Framed printed notices etc., 1793-1914. These include: (IV/1-5) notices relating to banking confidence and to currency and banknotes, 1793-1914; (IV/6-7) two fire insurance policies, 1801 and 1830; (IV/8) an address from workmen inSouth Shields, Co. Durham, supporting the Cookson works against complaints of smoke-pollution, 1839; (IV/9) an illuminated address presented to Norman Charles Cookson on his marriage, 1873.