Papers of William Webb, Arthur Baldock and Sidney Baldock, Lace Designers, Nottingham, 1871-1928

Scope and Content

The small collection of papers is chiefly concerned with the personal life and career of William R. Webb, including reference to his training in the United States. The Baldock papers include two indentures of apprenticeship, for Arthur Henry Baldock (1875) and his son Sidney Arthur Baldock (1901). There are also a few lace patterns, but no substantial records of professional work.

Administrative / Biographical History

William R. Webb (1858-1928) was a lace designer in Nottingham. After serving his apprenticeship with the lace designer Mr Elsey, he was employed by John Bromley and Sons of Philadelphia, U.S.A. from 1892 to 1895. On his return to England he established his own business as a lace designer in Nottingham, working first in Bridlesmith Gate and then at 11 Heathcoat Street. He was closely associated with the Castle Gate Congregational Church where he served as a deacon and was secretary of the Sunday School. He was also a watercolour artist and some of his paintings were exhibited in Nottingham and Derby.

Arthur Henry Baldock and his son Sidney Arthur Baldock, who also feature in the collection, were both associated with the Nottingham lace trade.


The collection is divided into three sections. These concern historical notes on the family, papers concerning the Baldocks, and papers concerning William Webb.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue, 6 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 6 pp

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

LANGUAGE: English.

Custodial History

The collection was received by the University of Nottingham in August 1980.