Records of Ladybird Limited, its predecessor Pax Garments Limited, and its overseas subsidiary companies; 1921-1997

Scope and Content

The records comprise:

Minute book of Ladybird Ltd, 1944-1987 (MS 814/9/1);

Register of members, Directors and shares of Pax Garments and Ladybird Ltd, 1921-1965 (MS 814/9/2);

Register of members, Directors and shares of Ladybird Ltd (2nd volume), 1969-1982 (MS 814/9/3);

Memorandum and articles of association of Pax Garments (later Ladybird Ltd), certificates of incorporation and change of name, annual returns and directors' reports and accounts, 1988-1997, and share certificates and stock transfer papers, 1969-1996 (MS 814/9/4);

File of protocols, agreements and correspondence relating to Ladybird Gmbh (Germany), 1966-1976 (MS 814/9/5);

File of papers relating to Ladybird Ltd (Hong Kong), including copy certificate of incorporation, memorandum and articles of association, and share transfer papers, 1966-1981 (MS 814/9/6);

File of papers relating to Ladybird Childrens Wear Pty. Ltd (Victoria, Australia), including copy certificate of incorporation and memorandum and articles of association, 1969-1982 (MS 814/9/7);

File of papers relating to Ladybird (S.A.) Ltd (South Africa), including copy memorandum and articles of association, 1970 (MS 814/9/8).

Administrative / Biographical History

Pax Garments Limited was incorporated in 1921. It was registered as Company no. 176878 at Companies House. In 1944 it became a subsidiary of Pasolds Limited, with E.W. Pasold as one of the directors, and was renamed Ladybird Limited. The Ladybird clothing brand name had been bought by Pasolds in 1938.

A number of foreign subsidiary companies under the Ladybird name were established in the 1960s and 1970s. The Ladybird factory at Langley, near Slough, closed in 1982. In 1984 Woolworths signed a licensing agreement with Coats Viyella to stock the Ladybird band exclusively, and they purchased the brand outright in 2000. The dormant Ladybird Limited company was dissolved on 8 April 1997.


The records have been arranged according to record type.

Access Information

The collection is accessible to all registered readers with advance notice and agreement and subject to the conditions of the Data Protection Act.

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection and copyright on the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Custodial History

The material was acquired in July 2007 from the ultimate parent company Coats plc, and is part of a larger series of records from Pasolds Limited and its subsidiary companies.