Orton and Spooner Collection

Scope and Content

A large Collection of surviving (but not complete) archives of the Orton and Spooner Company. This consists of photographs and cabinet card images showing carved work, structural work and classic painted work, 4 boxes of notes, invoices and clippings, 8 drawers of plans and blueprints, 2 folders of ride specifications and order forms, accounts books and a library of source books showing turn of the century art used by the artists in the company.

Administrative / Biographical History

Orton and Spooner were an amalgamation of two Burton upon Trent companies, George Orton and Charles Spooner, who worked together producing wagons and shows with elaborate carved work at the turn of the 19th century. They remained pioneering fairground manufacturers until 1954 after which they functioned as a light engineering company until their closure in 1977.

The collection was acquired by David Braithwaite who undertook an enormous amount of work on the history of the company.


Items catalogued by type

Access Information

The collection as a whole will not be available to the public until extensive restoration and conservation has been completed.

Acquisition Information

Donated from David Braithwaite's collection by his wife and daughter Joanna and Naomi Braithwaite.

Other Finding Aids

Contact the National Fairground Archive for further details.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jane Donaldson

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright: National Fairground Archive

Related Material

David Braithwaite Collection, Keating Collection

Corporate Names