K. Allan and Company Ltd

Scope and Content

Financial records: order books, 1961-1969, sales incomes, 1961-1962, balance sheet, 1969; correspondence, 1958-1965; miscellaneous publications, 1962; miscellaneous documents, 1930-1964.

Administrative / Biographical History

Refiners, importers, blenders and manufacturers of lubricating oils ('Alanzoil' oils and greases); founded by G.W.L. Allan 1937, acquired by Ragosine 1967. Its refinery was at Flour Mills Colliery works, Bream, Forest of Dean; offices successively at Gloucester, Mitcheldean and Cheltenham. Related concerns included Allen Wool Grease Company, Bisset Industries Limited, Bisset Agencies Limited, Allan Thorne Limited, import and export.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/using/

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the Chairman of the Michael Beecham Group of Companies in 1979.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds papers of Belgrave Oil and Grease Company (Leeds) Ltd (MSS.198/B), Henry Wells Oil Company/Germ Lubricants Ltd (MSS.198/G), Thomas Moscrop and Company Ltd (MSS.198/M), Orcene Company Ltd (MSS.198/OR), Ragosine Oil Comany Ltd (MSS.198/R).