Documents deposited by Messrs. Partridge, Jones and John Paton Ltd.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records relating to Partridge, Jones & Co. Ltd, 1872-1918; Partridge, Jones & John Paton Ltd, 1921-1962; Pontnewydd Sheet and Galvanising Co. Ltd, 1895-1921; Caerleon Works Ltd, 1832-1923; Henry White & Co. Ltd, 1879-1925; Pontypool Works Ltd, 1772-1911; Monmouthshire Tinplates Ltd, 1944-1957; Crumlin Valley Collieries Ltd, 1918; Aberbeeg Collieries Ltd, 1923-1955; Tirpentwys Black Vein Steam Coal & Coke Co. Ltd, 1935-1955; Llanerch Colliery, 1890-1956; Ebbw Vale Steel, Iron & Coal Co. Ltd, 1674-1957; Pontnewydd Tube Works, 1893-1922; John Lancaster & Co. Ltd, 1881-1933; Blaendare Company, 1867-1896; Brendon Hills Iron Ore Co. (Somerset), 1758-1876; West Somerset Mineral Railway, 1854-1909; Bromley Hill Iron & Coal Co. (Gloucestershire), 1842-1872; Sale of Ebbw Vale Steel Iron & Coal Co. Ltd, 1890-1939.

Administrative / Biographical History

This collection of documents from the firm of Messrs. Partridge, Jones and John Paton Ltd. has been classified into two main divisions, those documents relevant to the group of companies forming Partridge, Jones and John Paton Ltd, including the group in which John Paton had an interest before the amalgamation with Partridge, Jones & Co. Ltd, in 1920 and those relevant to the group forming the Ebbw Vale Steel Iron and Coal Co. Ltd, the assets of which were purchased by Partridge, Jones and John Paton in 1938. There is a special section devoted to the Conveyance of the assets of the Ebbw Vale Company. The firm of Partridge, Jones and Co., began trading in 1864 at Varteg Works and Colliery with William Bailey Partridge, Edward Jones, Charles Herbert and William T. Henley , as co-directors. The Company flourished and by 1874 was proprietor of Pontnewydd Iron Works, Golynos Works, works at Abersychan and the Plasycoed and Cwmserchan Collieries. In April of that year a Limited Company was formed. John Paton's association with the company seems to thave begun in 1895 when he became one of the principal shareholders in the newly formed Pontnewydd Sheet and Galvanising Co. Ltd. with William B. Partridge and Edward Jones. In 1902 he purchased the Glynos Foundary and in 1909 the death of William Bailey Partridge gave him a seat on the board of directors of Partridge, Jones & Co. Ltd. From then on his presence became increasingly more evident. Owner of the Caerleon Works in 1914, he was also agent of Abertillery Works Ltd., on the Board of Directors of Pontypool Works Ltd., and Henry White & Co., with a sizeable interest in the Monmouthshire Steel and Tinplate Works, Pontnewydd Sheet Works and Crumlin Valley Collieries. In 1920 John Paton proposed an amalgamation of his interests with those of Partridge, Jones & Co. Ltd. This was effected in December of the same year and Partridge, Jones and Co. Ltd., Crumlin Valley Collieries Ltd., Pontnewydd Sheet and Galvanising Co. Ltd., Pontypool Works Ltd., Caerleon Works Ltd., Monmouthshire Steel and Tinplate Co. Ltd., Henry White & Co. Ltd., and the Waterloo Tinplate Co. Ltd., were united under the management of Partridge Jones & John Paton Ltd.

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Note

Mine of Information Project, University of Wales Swansea LIS Archives, Library & Information Centre,, University of Wales Swansea,Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP

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