Arkwright, Toplis & Company records

Scope and Content

Records relating to the operation of the bank and its takeover by Capital & Counties Bank, including a profit & loss ledger, a signature book, accounts ledgers, documents relating to Cromford Canal, and a deed of assignment of banking business to Moore & Robinson’s Nottinghamshire Banking Company.

Administrative / Biographical History

This private bank was established in 1780, in Wirksworth, as John Toplis. Richard Arkwright joined the partnership in 1804 and it became Arkwright, Toplis & Co. His father, also called Richard, invented the water frame, which had revolutionised cotton spinning. When Toplis died in 1829 the firm was renamed Arkwright & Co. It went on to finance important transportation projects including the Cromford Canal.

In 1875 the business was acquired by Moore & Robinson's Nottinghamshire Banking Company (est. 1802).

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