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Business and Solicitors

Business records are an excellent resource for researchers interested in local industry, employment and people.

What records can I find at my North East Wales Archive branch?

The Ruthin branch holds deposited collections of many local solicitors and businesses including;

Records of Samuel Peter Bevon, Solicitor, Wrexham

Records of Allington Hughes and Bates, Solicitor, Wrexham

Records of J.M. Porter, Architect, Surveyor, Agent, Colwyn Bay

Records of George Rooper, of Llanerchrugog estate and Pant Glas Quarry

Records of W. Jones, E. Talog Davies and Aneurin O. Evans, Solicitors, Ruthin

Records of J. S. Lloyd and Emyr Williams, Solicitors, Wrexham

Company records of G.F. Wynne, Minera Mining Company

The Hawarden branch holds deposited collections of many local solicitors and businesses including;

Records of Birch, Cullimore & Co. Solicitors, Chester

Records of Joseph Lloyd and Co., Solicitors, Rhyl

Records of Keene and Kelly, Solicitors, Mold

Records of Llewellyn-Jones and Armon Ellis, Solicitors, Mold

Company records of collieries including: Brynkinalt Colliery Co.; Llay Main Collieries Ltd.; Ruabon Coal and Coke Company; Broughton and Plas Power Coal Co.; and Point of Ayr Colliery.

Company records of brickworks and pottery manufactures, including: Buckley Brick & Tile Co. Ltd., Buckley; Catherall and Hancock Brickworks & Pottery, Buckley; Davidson Brickworks, Buckley; Ewloe Barn Brick & Tile Works, Ewloe.

Company records of Brymbo Steelworks.

Company records of shipping firms, including: Coppack Bros and Co., ship-owners and chandlers, Connah’s Quay; Crichton & Co., Ltd., Saltney Shipyard.

Click on the links above to take you straight to the catalogue. Select Browse by Hierarchy to open the full drop down catalogue. There is a lot of overlap between business and solicitors collections and estate collections.

There are many smaller business-related records in our vast collections of minor deposits (i.e. collections prefixed DD/DM). You can search for an individual business or person using the online catalogue at the top of this page.

Please note that some of our paper lists detailing minor deposits haven’t been added to the full online catalogue yet but you may find reference to smaller businesses in the printed indexes in the search-rooms.

What types of records are included?

Business records can contain the following types of records

  • financial records including ledgers, cash books, journals and day books
  • minute books of meetings of boards or shareholders
  • annual reports
  • correspondence files and letter books
  • drawings, maps and plans
  • publicity material such as photographs, posters and brochures
  • staff records

However, most collections will only incorporate a selection of these types of documentation.

Solicitors records consist of administrative records of the solicitors office itself and papers of their clients (i.e. information relating to local people, estates and property) including

  • deeds and other property records
  • wills and testamentary papers
  • legal case papers
  • maps
  • personal papers
  • business records

What language were the records written in?

The majority of these records are in English. It is our policy to catalogue the records in the language in which they are written.

How can I access these records?

You can view these records in our search-rooms. None of our business or solicitor collections are available to view online. Book a place in the search-room today.

What records can I find in other archives and organisations?

The National Archives holds some records for dissolved companies which were incorporated by registration.