Records of William Briggs & Co Ltd, transfers and traced needlework manufacturers, Manchester, England

Scope and Content

  • Minute books 1895-1959;
  • Penelope News 1960-1962;
  • Applications and Allotments, Members and Calls, Transfers, Share Holders, Ledger, Boards and Mortgages, Annual Summary 1895-1939.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Briggs & Co Ltd , transfers and traced needlework manufacturers, Manchester, England, was incorporated in 1895  , to take over the business, stocks and assets of the company Briggs & Co. The registered office was in Manchester. In March 1915, the capital rose from £40,000 to £110,000 and again increased in August 1918 to £160,000. In 1923  , the company was incorporated with limited liability. In 1939  , an agreement was signed between J & P Coats Ltd , thread manufacturers, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and the company, relating to the publication of Needlewoman and Needlecraft Journals. The records indicate that William Briggs & Co Ltd were in charge of publishing the magazine and journal, with J & P Coats Ltd making substantial contributions. On March 1951 the capital increased again to £240,000. Records indicate the company continued to trade after 1959.


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Access Information


Acquisition Information

Indefinite loan : J & P Coats : Glasgow : c1984

Indefinite loan : Coats Viyella plc : London: 1991 : ACCN 0146 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : via Business Archives Council in Scotland : 1993 : ACCN 0198 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : 1995 : ACCN 0240 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : 1996 : ACCN 0255 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : Coats Viyella plc : Swinton, Manchester: 2000 : ACCNs 1887, 1925, 1926, 1996

Deposit : Douglas Jackson: 2007 : ACCN 3130

Indefinite loan : ACCN 0054

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Custodial History

Held by J & P Coats Ltd


None expected

Related Material

GB 248 UGD 199/1 Records of J & P Coats Ltd and CoatsPatons Ltd

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Additional Information

This material is original

Amended by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 08 February 2008

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