Records of Jonas Brook & Bros Ltd, thread manufacturers, Meltham Mills, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England

Scope and Content

  • Minute books, 1896-1962;
  • Letterbooks and letters, 1837-1914;
  • Registers of directors and members, 1896-1964;
  • Ledger, 1896-1898;
  • Miscellaneous ledgers, 1856-1895;
  • Legal and miscellaneous papers, 1885-1948;
  • Cash books, 1862-1878;
  • Order book, 1885-1890;
  • Shareholder certificates, 1896-1974;
  • Awards, 1851-1879;
  • Publications, 1881-1887;
  • Family papers, c1960s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Jonas Brook & Bros Ltd, thread manufacturers, Meltham Mills, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, was incorporated with limited liability in  1896 . In  1908 , the company converted to a private company.  J & P Coats Ltd, thread manufacturers, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, held the majority of shares. Jonas Brook & Bros Ltd used  La Plata Reel Cotton Co Ltd, selling agents, Glasgow, Scotland, as their selling agent overseas. In  1931 , the company signed an agreement with  United Thread Mills Ltd, thread manufacturers, Glasgow, to sell their property. In 1934, an agreement was signed between the company and J & P Coats Ltd in connection with the purchase of goods manufactured by the company. In 1940, J & P Coats Ltd were appointed as agents for trademark purposes. In 1950, power of attorney was given to Machine Cottons Ltd, thread distributors, Glasgow, to deal with all matters concerning trademarks in Brazil. In  1952 , all trademarks owned by the company were transferred to J & P Coats Ltd. In 1955, the registered office was moved to Eagley Mills, Bolton, England, as the property at Meltham was sold. In 2002, Jonas Brook & Bros Ltd was still active, with their base at Stockley Park, Uxbridge, England.


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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

Indefinite loan : ACCN 0054

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Digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)2576) and London (NRA20914)

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Related Material

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

GB 248 UGD 199/10 Records of La Plata Reel Cotton Co Ltd

GB 248 UGD 199/4 Records of United Thread Mills Ltd

GB 248 UGD 199/16 Records of Machine Cottons Ltd

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