Scope and Content

Industrial records relating to Flintshire, 1865-1979, including records relating to the Castle Fire Brick Company, Buckley, Flintshire, 1865-1967; records and notes relating to George Watkinson & Sons and the Buckley Collieries, 1884-1923; plans of collieries in Buckley, 1896-1919; items relating to mining in Northop, Flintshire, 1876-1952, including deeds relating to coal mines in Northop leased by George Watkinson & Sons, 1876-1886; and Ordnance Survey maps relating to Flintshire, 1898-1961.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Lewis (1878-1963), a native of Buckley, Flintshire, worked in the coal industry for most of his life and collected documents relating to Flintshire industry, including George Watkinson & Sons Ltd of Halifax, Yorkshire, which had interests in collieries in Buckley, including Elm and Maesygrug Collieries. He became an acknowledged authority on the clay and coal industries in the Buckley area and an article of his on the canalization of the River Dee was published in Flintshire Historical Society Publication, 23 (1966-1967).


Arranged into the following: Buckley; Northop; miscellaneous; additional deposit, 9 August 1973; and additional deposit, 3 August 1979.

Access Information

D/DM/355/2 and 3 not to be produced without consent of depositor.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by J. B. Lewis, Esq.,grandson of George Lewis, of Mold, and later of Chester 1973, 1979.


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Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

Not known.


Accruals are not expected

Geographical Names