A surprising find in the De Trafford of Trafford estate collection [ref no DDTR] has been records of the Palace Theatre located on Duke Street, Barrow in Furness. The records include plans, specifications, accounts & correspondence, mostly concerning the refurbishment of the theatre and its conversion to a 'talkie' cinema in the early 1930s.
These designs for proscenium curtains (i.e. curtains which hang between the stage & auditorium) date from 1931. Unfortunately, we don’t know which, if any, of these designs were chosen, but that hasn't stopped us from picking our favourites.
HRLD: Lancaster Health Authority: additional records, 1974-1994
Minute books, 1974-1994; reports, 1981-1993; financial records, 1975-1987; yearbooks, 1975-1981 & programmes, 1975-1990
WBF: Fylde Water Board: additional records, 1884-1975
Records relating to Fylde Water Acts of 1912, 1935 & 1956 including minutes, correspondence, proofs of evidence, legal papers, statistical evidence, maps and plans; Fylde Water Board minutes, 1971-1974; records of Blackburn Corporation Waterworks, 1849-1872, including minutes of directors' meetings & a scrapbook; History & description of the Manchester Waterworks, 1884; Ribble Joint committee proceedings, 1913-1934
WBP: Preston & District Water Board, 1946-1974
Annual reports, 1946-1973 & Mid Calder & Hindburn Joint Sewerage Board minutes including board meetings & various committee meetings, 1970-1974
Accrington is well known around the world for the manufacture of bricks and Lancashire Archives is home to many records relating to this trade. One of these is a large collection for C. Whittaker & Company, manufacturers of brick making machinery [collection ref: DDX 1866].
RDG: Garstang Rural District Council: additional records, 1934-1974
Building regulation plans, 1934-1948; planning applications, 1948-1974; planning register, 1891-1934; lists of plans returned from Senior Divisional Planning Officer, 1958-1961
DDX 1866: C Whittaker of Accrington, manufacturer of brick-making machinery, 1834-1972
Minute books, 1900-1937; day books, 1859-1970; letter books, 1899-1917; catalogues, 1898-1921; wage books, 1870-1969; registers of young employees, 1868-1964; shareholder records, 1897-1972; stock records, 1897-1969; customer order records, 1854-1970; product records, 1899-1972; inventories & valuations, 1865-1941; partnership records, 1855-1885; plans, 1884-1960s; images, late 1890s-1960s; V department records, 1910-1914; patent records, 1870-1971; purchase order books, 1874-1906; contract books, 1904-1971; impersonal ledgers, 1897-1924; shop order books, 1897-1914; trade ledgers, 1897-1910; cash books, 1903-1961; analysis of purchases, 1897-1953; ledgers, 1887-1962; invoices, 1897-1916; items relating to John Haworth, Globe Works, Church, 1834-1917; Furnevall and Company records, 1897-1901 & records of case between C. Whittaker & Thomas Whittaker
MBU: Burnley Methodist Circuit records: additional records, 1752-1988
Numerous! In fact, too numerous to list comprehensively, but an attempt has been made:
Accrington Road: minutes & financial records
Brierfield, Colne Road: minutes, financial records & Jubilee commemorative visitors' books
Burnley, Cog Lane (formerly Myrtle Bank) (Mt Pisgah): minutes, accounts, correspondence & programmes
Claremont Street: offertory book
Fence, Wheatley Lane: minutes, accounts, School class book, correspondence, photographs & programmes
Fulledge: minutes, accounts, school records, church register & newspaper articles
Hammerton Street (Bethel): minutes, accounts, Sunday School records & programmes
Hanover United Methodist: accounts
Hapton Methodist Church: minutes
Hargreaves Street: minutes, accounts, seat rent ledger & programmes
Harle Syke: minutes & collection journals
Higham: minutes, accounts, grave receipt books, members roll book & monumental inscriptions
Howard Street: minutes, accounts & collection journal
Jubilee Methodist: minutes & accounts
Keighley Green: accounts, seat rent book & deeds
Lane Bridge: correspondence
Lower House: minutes & cash books
MBF: Fleetwood Municipal Borough Council: additional records, 1885-1974
Building regulation plans, 1885-1948 & planning applications, 1948-1974
DLF: Fleetwood Dock Labour Board, 1943-1985
Including minutes, registers of workers, registration applications, records of alleged breaches of scheme, correspondence files, national voluntary severance scheme records, reports, education files, sports files including darts, football, golf, rowing, angling, sea angling & bowls, Dockers Benevolent Fund records & National Dock Labour Board v Victor Herbert Buschini records
DLP: Preston Dock Labour Board, 1946-1984
Including minutes, reports, registers of workers, wage books, cash books, accounts, photographs, national voluntary severance scheme records, plans & correspondence files
HRPC: Preston and Chorley Hospital Management Committee, 1948-1974
Management committee and sub-committee minutes, 1948-1974
DDX 2711: Preston Harriers and Athletics Club: additional records, 1960-2011
Papers of Ken Mackay comprising his certificates and race results 1960-1985, race programmes 1979-1988, copies of photographs 1962, 1981-1982, Road Runners Club newsletters 1981-1992, history of RRC 1952-1958, description of route of London-Brighton race, RRC race results 1960s-1980s, and newsletters of International Association of Ultra-Runners 1986-1990 (ACC10455)
Minutes including annual accounts, 1990-1993 (and development plan ); 1994-2001; minutes, printed email correspondence, annual accounts, fixtures, reports, development plan documents and copies of the Harrier newsletter, 2001-2009 (bundles); articles for the Lancashire Evening Post, 2006-2007 (also CD 2006-2008); risk assessments for events and correspondence, 2003-2006 (ACC10663)
Preston Harriers: Track and Field Secretary's papers, 2009-2011, Secretary's papers, 2009-2011 (ACC11410)
The collection of Bishop Foley [collection reference: DDFY], Roman Catholic Bishop of Lancaster (1962-1985), is a varied one reflecting not only his faith and work, but also his interest in Catholic history and travels to Italy. An intriguing inclusion to the collection is a series of letters written by Thomas Clarkson, a Catholic priest at Coppull, near Chorley. At the age of eleven, Thomas went away to school and during this time kept in touch with his parents and siblings through letters home. The letters chronicle his studies at school, his time at the seminary preparing for his ordination, up to his second posting in Weld Bank & Coppull, where he stayed until his death in 1952. It isn't clear how Thomas' letters to his family came into the possession of Bishop Foley, or if there was any connection between the two priests, but their survival is unusual and highlights the types of letters which many children at boarding schools must have written home.
DDFY: Bishop B C Foley, 1725-1999
Papers of Bishop Brian Charles Foley (1910-1999), Roman Catholic Bishop of Lancaster (1962-1985), including research papers and correspondence relating to 'The Cause of the English Martyrs', 1960-1982; research papers and correspondence relating to Father Godfrey Anstruther & his research for 'The Seminary Priests', 1960s-1980s; notes relating to Ann Fenwick, 20th cent; research papers, drafts and correspondence relating to 'Portraits of Penal Times', c1990s; copies of masses & talks, 1962-1990; correspondence files, 1965-1999; Lancashire Infirm Secular Clergy Fund papers, 1827-1970; Catholic Archives Society papers, 1978-1985; Catholic Record Society papers, 1929-1977 & Roman diaries, 1931-1937
MBCO: Colne Municipal Borough Council: additional records, 1881-1974
Letter books, 1881-1974; rate books, 1860-1960; valuation lists, 1921-1934; financial records, 1910-1967 & overseers of the Poor papers. 1843-1894
DDX 1269: Amalgamated Association of Beamers, Twisters and Drawers (Hand and Machine): additional records, 1893-1984
Blackburn, Nelson, Burnley & Colne branches including collecting books, 1963-1982; financial records, 1913-1982; members contribution books, 1893-1980 & minute books, 1895-1981
DDX 1742: Baldwin, Weeks & Baldwin, Solicitors of Clitheroe, 1647–1957
Records of Baldwin, Weeks & Baldwin (before 1897 called Baldwin, Hall & Weeks). Mainly 19th & early 20th century correspondence, deeds, legal papers, plans, day books & accounts. Includes Aspinall trust, 1856-1859; Aspinall v Mitchel relating to pollution of the River Ribble, 1878-1880; Colonel Starkie v Padiham Local Board re. Padiham waterworks, 1881-1884; day books, 1863-1921; Diggle v Blezard, 1896-1897; disputed election at Clitheroe, 1852-1853; Dr Thomas Walshman trust, 1840-1894; E&J Crabtree Ltd, Clitheroe, 1919-1925; Elizabeth Croasdale, Fleetwood, 1890-1905; Elizabeth Dewhurst estate, 1900; Elizabeth Slater, 1869-1873; Fletcher v Watson, 1873; Gocher trustees, 1870-1893; Henry Hall estate, 1845-1880; Hindle v Sabden Printing Co., 1909; John Atherton estate, New Hold, Accrington, 1842-1876; John Cowman, Clitheroe, estate 1914-1936; Kirkmam v Tremellen, 1892-1895; Old Hold estate, Accrington, 1841-1871; Peter Ormerod estate, 1865-1867; Riley v Ormerod, Higher Rose Grove, 1864-1872; Sager v Atherton, 1870; sales notices, 1903-1933; Sir Henry Wilson Worsley-Taylor, 1925-1927; Skipton Auction Mart Co., 1902-1941; Smith v Bracewell, 1887-1888; Starkie v Hindle & others, 1883-1885; Taylor v Atherton, 1878; Thomas Noble probate, 1906-1911 & William Turner estate, 1840s-1859.
As a result of several changes in ownership, the collection is extremely muddled and the original order of the records has been lost. For the most part the records are not bundled or grouped in any way and are simply loose in the boxes so an attempt has been made to summarise the main contents of each box. However, items relating to individual cases and people can be found in multiple boxes.
DDX 2655: Shaws of Darwen, c1890s-1990
Records of Shaw's of Darwen (terracotta, glazed brick and ceramic sink manufacturers), originally the Shaws Glazed Brick Company Ltd, established in 1897. Includes minutes, 1984-1988; financial records, 1927-1970; order book, 1926-1928; draughting book, 1936; correspondence, 1963-1987; catalogues, 1932-1976; photographs, c1960s-1970s & plans, 1988-1989
DDBU: Buck & Dickson, Solicitors of Preston, c1552-1930
Mainly 19th century deeds, correspondence, legal papers, minutes of evidence, plans, receipts, sale posters & agreements, including estates of Cornelius Bourne of Stalmine Hall, 1714-1854; James Caunce of Preston, 1821-1890; Joseph Briggs Dickson of Preston, 1744-1890; Christopher Bland Walker & John Grimshaw Walker of Preston, 1818-1878 & Preston Corporation Ribble Navigation Scheme, 1883-1889
DDM: Molyneux, Earls of Sefton: additional records, 1662-1963
Deeds & legal papers concerning properties in Aintree, Altcar, Bootle, Bretherton, Cronton, Ditton, Fazakerley, Ford, Formby, Grange, Great Crosby, Halsall, Hightown station, Ince Blundell, Kirkby, Knowsley, Litherland, Lunt, Lydiate, Melling cum Cunscough, Netherton, Orrell, Sefton, Simonswood, Tarbock, Thornton, Toxteth Park, Walton on the Hill, Warbreck, Waterloo with Seaforth, Wavertree, West Derby & Whiston including Grove House Estate, Harrison's Farm in Gill Moss, Rycroft House Estate, Town Row in West Derby, Lunt House, Homers Green in Thornton, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Richard Richmond property in Thornton, Park Stile Farm & Stone Bridge Farm in West Derby. Also Altcar tenants toll exemption papers, 1906-1912; Toxteth Park rentals, 1802-1866; marriage settlement between Charles William, Lord Molyneux, and Lady Isabella Stanhope, 1768-1771 & settlement of estate of Earl of Sefton, 1834.
DDX 116: K H Docton Collection: additional records, 1809-1929
Plans of lands and property in Ashton with Stodday, Barnacre with Bonds, Barrow-in-Furness, Blackburn, Bold, Bolton le Sands, Carnforth, Caton, Chistlehurst, Church, Claughton, Cockerham, Dalton, Egton cum Newland, Ellel, Elswick, Forton, Galgate, Goosnargh, Great Eccleston, Halton, Hawkshead, Heysham, Holleth, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancaster, Lytham, Morecambe, Moss Dale, Myerscough, Nateby, Nether Kellet, Nether Wyresdale, New Accrington, Newchurch, Old Accrington, Ormskirk, Oswaldtwistle, Over Kellet, Over Wyersdale, Poulton le Fylde, Poulton le Sands, Preesall, Quernmore, Roeburndale, Scotforth, Skerton, Stalmine, Tatham, Thornton, Torrisholme, Ulverston & Woodplumpton
Drawing of details of a bar front, 1903 [DDX 116: K H Docton collection]
Thanks to funding provided by the Friends, work has started on a project to improve the descriptions of many collections held by the Archive. The project builds on from a previous survey project, undertaken in 2019-2020, which identified nearly 9,000 locations in the Archive strongrooms for which there is currently no information available in Calm/LANCAT. So, while there is a record of where the locations are and what collection they belong to, it is a bit of a mystery what is actually stored there or what it consists of.
Whilst the large number of locations to be listed means that detailed cataloguing will not be possible in most instances, the aim is to provide enough description to enable searchers to identify whether the material may be of interest to them. The project will also help to identify further work needed on collections, repackaging needs and possible volunteer projects, which should all help to inform future workstreams in the Archives.
Keep an eye on this blog for reports on progress, collections which have been listed and for items of interest which have been found along the way. Below is the front cover of a 1932 Olympia Show exhibition brochure for Shaws of Darwen, manufacturers of terracotta, glazed brick and ceramic sinks [collection: DDX 2655].