Scope and Content

Consists of sales ledger 1921-1930; apprenticeship agricultural books, index to apprentices book and details of weekly hours and wages 1872-1950; registers of workmen 1879-1930; registers of boys and girls 1900-1944; inventory books 1923-1937; agreements with branches 1880-1930; bond relating to XXIInd loan of the City of Kiev 1914; plan of power steerage n.d.[twentieth century]; note book relating to steam engines and tea machinery, including dimensions, weight and prices 1880-1901; registers of engines 1863-1959; building books for steam engines 1864-1894; building books for thrashing machines no 1 1865-1870; building books for straw elevators 1876-1886; building books for self feeders 1880-1949; building books for traction engines number 2 1881-1892; building books for trip gear engines number 1 1888-1889; building books for traction wagons number 1 1891-1911; building books for portable steam engines 1894; register for tea machinery, saw benches and corn mills 1897-1803; building books for oil engines number 1 1912-1923; building books for concrete mixers number 1 1927-1939; building books for vertical steam boilers 1928-1930; building books for stationary steam engines 1931-1957; building books for diesel tractor number 2 1933-1938; compilations of Marshall publications 1881-1962; advertising and servicing publications relating to tractors, road rollers, combine harvest and thrashing machinery for Marshalls and other companies 1950's-1970's; house journals 1949-1972; electros books, blocks and artwork 1894-1950's; photographs of tractors, road rollers, locomotives and steam engines, combine harvest and thrashing machinery, flash evaporators, tea machinery and boilers 1905-1970; newspaper cuttings 1950-1959

Administrative / Biographical History

Marshall, Sons and Company was founded in 1848 by William Marshall at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. At first they manufactured mill gearing but soon began to make agricultural machinery such as thrashing machines. In 1856 manufacture of portable steam engines and boilers began. This was soon followed by the construction of stationary steam engines. In 1870 the company began making tea preparing machinery and soon after road rollers. In the 1900's they began making oil tractors but World War I interupted normal production which was resumed in 1919. In 1930 the first diesel tractor was produced and Marshalls took over the company of Clayton and Shuttleworth Limited. In 1937 the Marshall-Richards range of wire and tube drawing machinery was introduced before World War II again interupted production. After the war the company soon returned to normal and in 1946 took over John Fowler and Company (Leeds) Ltd. In 1968 the Marshall group of companies became part of the Thos. W. Ward Group and in 1969 Marshalls and Fowlers began trading under the name of Marshall Fowler Ltd. In 1975 the company was sold to British Leyland and was renamed Aveling Marshall Ltd. Between 1979 and 1982 it was sold off to Charles J Nickerson and was re-registered as Marshall, Sons and Company Ltd. In 1986 Marshalls was sold to an American company and then almost immediately was bought by Theakston brothers of Driffield, Yorkshire.


  • TR MAR/AC1/1 Ledgers
  • TR MAR/AD3/1-14 Labour records
  • TR MAR/AD4/1-21 Premises records
  • TR MAR/AD6/1-3 Branch records
  • TR MAR/CO2/1 Company records
  • TR MAR/DO1/1 Drawings
  • TR MAR/ET3/1 General technical reference records
  • TR MAR/MP1/1-69 Registers and lists of production
  • TR MAR/P1/A1-9 General compilations
  • TR MAR/P2/A1-60 Advertising and servicing publications (Marshall)
  • TR MAR/P2/B1-6 Advertising and servicing publications (other companies)
  • TR MAR/P4/B1-6 House journals (reprints)
  • TR MAR/P8/1-8 Printing proofs and artwork
  • TR MAR/PH2/1-126 Compilations of photographic prints
  • TR MAR/SP1/1-4 General reference records

Conditions Governing Access

Available for consultation

Acquisition Information

Records deposited 1977 T77/9, T77/15


Compiled by Zoe Watson, March 2004

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at the Museum of English Rural Life

Conditions Governing Use

Please contact the Archivist

Geographical Names