Papers of the Rubery Owen Fasteners Group

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Rubery Owen Fasteners Ltd: Minutes of Kenwall Engineers Ltd, 1959-1970; 3; Rubery Owen Fasteners Ltd, 1970-1981; register of members and annual returns, 1946 - 1983; share certificates, counterfoils; 1970; memorandum and articles of association, as amended, 1970; register of directors' shares and debenture interests, 1968 - 1972; Kenwall Engineers Ltd, ledger: 1945 - 1964.

Nuts & Bolts (Darlaston) Ltd: Minute books of directors and general meetings, 1912-1986; agenda book, 1912; share certificates, counterfoils: 1912 - 1970; memorandum and articles of association, as amended, 1960; accounts, 1913-1944; formation of company, and list of deeds: 1912, 1931 - 1963; agreements, 1912-1968.

Hartley & Baldwin Ltd: Minutes, 1949-1984; memorandum and articles of association, as amended, 1963; register of members and annual returns: 1935 -1983; debenture with Lloyds Bank Plc: 1983.

Chains Ltd: Minute books, 1910-1981; share certificates, counterfoils, 1910 - 1971; register of members and annual returns, 1958- 1971; nominal ledger: 1965 - 1973; agreement to invest in company, JTR, AEO with V. Bornand, 1910 (Photocopy).

Rubery Owen (Moxley) Ltd: Minute books, 1969 - 1986; register of members and annual returns: 1969 - 1982.

J. Stanley & Co. Ltd: Minutes: Directors' and general meetings, 1908-1990; annual general meetings, 1916 - 1964; certificate of incorporation, 29 September 1908; Directors' attendance register: 1961 - 1980; memoranda & articles of association: 1960, 1971; share certificates, counterfoils, 1934 - 1988; share transfers, annual returns, 1910 - 1987; register of debentures, 1915-1943; group documentation for board minuting, 1982-1987.

F.R.B. (Metals) Ltd: Minutes: Directors' meetings: 1936 - 1973; annual general meetings, 1937-1972; Directors' and general meetings, 1973- 1981; memoranda & articles of association: 1936, 1964; share certificates, counterfoils, order and preference 1964; register of members and annual returns: 1936 - 1964.

Administrative / Biographical History

In June 1972, Rubery Owen Fasteners Group consisted of the following companies: Rubery Owen Fasteners Ltd (previously Kenwall Engineers Ltd); Nuts & Bolts (Darlaston) Ltd; Hartley & Baldwin Ltd; Chains Ltd; Rubery Owen (Moxley) Ltd; J. Stanley & Co. Ltd; F.R.B. Metals Ltd.

Reference: Catalogue to the collection.


This collection forms part of the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive.

The Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive has been arranged using the following classification scheme: 1 Minute Books; 2 Statutory Records; 3 Financial Records; 4 Correspondence; 5 Letter Books; 6 Printed Publications; 7 Other Publications; 8 Diaries; 9 Agreements; 10 Press - Cuttings; 11 Reports; 12 Notices; 13 Functional Records; 13.1 Preparation for Retirement; 13.2 Industrial Life & Christian Teamwork; 13.3 Group Archives.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd in 1994.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A catalogue to file level is also available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

A general collection level description exists for the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive as a whole (MSS.338). Collection level descriptions also exist for Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd and predecessors (MSS.338/RO); papers of the subsidiary companies including: Darlaston Group (MSS.338/ROD); Conveyancer Group (MSS.338/ROC); Domestic Equipment Group (MSS.338/RODE); Distributors Group (MSS.338/ROJ); C. & L. Hill Group (MSS.338/ROL); Other Subsidiary Companies (MSS.338/ROS)

An authority record exists for Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd. (GB 152 AAR2219).

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 expected.

Related Material

Files relating to Sir Alfred's activities as a member and chairman of the Staffordshire County Council were transferred to the Staffordshire County Record Office in 1974. The Rubery Owen Photographic and Film Collection is held by the Staffordshire Film Archive at Staffordshire University.


A guide to the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive is available from the Modern Records Centre:

Leonard McDonald, Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd. Archive (University of Warwick, 1997).  Please contact the Centre's staff for further details