Nineteenth Century Industry Collection

Scope and Content

In large part these papers derive from the offices of three solicitors: Benbow, Tucker and Saltwell, formerly Tucker and Lake, Lincoln's Inn, London; Pemberton, Cope, and Gray; formerly Pemberton, Meynell and Pemberton, formerly Pemberton and Garth; Winter, William and Company [William Esdaile Winter, William Winter, and James Carlos Pattison], Lincoln's Inn, London. Additional solicitors whose papers are represented in the collection are noted at series level.

The papers relate to: Ponypool Iron Company, 1846-(185-); Parkfield Iron Company, (185-)-(186-); Staffordshire collieries in Bilston and Willenhall, (185-)-(186-); Lancashire coal mines owned by James, Earl of Balcarres and other papers relating to a lawsuit between Balcarres and Thomas Pemberton Leigh, 1st Earl of Kingsdown regarding the estate of Sir Robert Holt Leigh of Aspull, Wigan, (184-); Earl Kingsdown's extensive Lancashire properties, (185-)-(186-); railways in the Midlands and North of England, 1850-1890, including some papers on the Birmingham Canal Navigation; nineteenth century leases and wills relating to towns in Shropshire especially Coalport and Madeley; nineteenth century wills and leases relating especially to property in Aston and Erdington, Birmingham; other miscellaneous wills and leases.

Administrative / Biographical History

An artificial collection of deeds, other legal documents and associated papers including correspondence, financial papers, Parliamentary papers and printed material relating to the affairs of a range of individuals, properties and businesses throughout the Midlands and the north of England, largely dating from the mid-late 19th century.

Reference: University of Birmingham Special Collections Department Online Archive Catalogue ( ). Accessed March 2002.


It is unclear how this collection was acquired or brought together, as there is no one solicitor Lincoln's Inn, London office, individual client, or business that unites the papers. For the purposes of cataloguing, therefore, the collection has been arranged into broad series on the basis of what is thought to be the identity of the client and/or the legal process from which the papers are thought to originate. Thereunder, papers are arranged according to document type. In general, the series level arrangement also reflects the storage order of the papers prior to cataloguing.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased in 1967-1968.

Other Finding Aids

Please see full catalogue for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Further deposits are not expected.