Papers of J. Parnell & Son Ltd

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises minutes of co-ordinating meetings, 1965; contracts ledgers; 1881-1961; credit books, 1940-1966; day work sales book, 1920-1942; estimates, 1923-1957; private account, 1927-1941; holiday stamps accounts, 1956-1959; invoice analysis books, 1944-1961; invoices, 1946-1959; nominal ledgers, 1915-1965; prime cost books, 1902-1964; payments cash books, 1938-1965; pay roll books, 1949-1954; receipts cash books, 1920-1962; sales ledgers, 1937-1947; wages analysis book, 1939-1959; correspondence, 1900-1969; miscellaneous publications, 1925-1973; site diaries, 1948-1950, 1959-1965; agreements, 1950-1961; Hinckley Urban District Council Offices contract, 1965-1968; roll of honour from the First World War.

Administrative / Biographical History

The business of J. Parnell & Son Ltd, builders, Rugby, was started c. 1850 by William Bishop Parnell (1791-1864) and his son, John Parnell (d. 1885). It established a reputation for workmanship which led to its employment by major architects throughout the country. The firm continued as a family business until it was taken over by Miller Buckley in June 1968 (now Buckley Investments Ltd).

Reference: Catalogue to the papers.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Miller Buckley Investments Ltd in 1974.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A file level catalogue is also available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

An authority record exists for J. Parnell & Son Ltd (GB 152 AAR2218).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

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