WEST EUROPEAN INDUSTRIES LIMITED
|Reference code(s)||: GB 0074 CLC/B/036-10|
|Held at||: London Metropolitan Archives - click here to see details of the physical location of collection|
|Full title||: WEST EUROPEAN INDUSTRIES LIMITED|
|Level of description||: Collection
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|Extent||: 5 production units.|
|Name of creator(s)||: West European Industries Ltd | subsidiary of Grahams Trading Co Ltd|
A large number of Grahams companies, registered in Glasgow, were trading individually in Glasgow and elsewhere, including Portugal and India, as early as the late 18th century. Grahams Trading Company Limited, however, was incorporated on 29 July 1924, as general merchants and manufacturers all over the world, with a registered office at 7 St Helen's Place, EC3. It was an amalgamation of several of the older Grahams companies and the newly acquired "Portuguese companies". The latter, Abelheira Paper Mills Limited, Boa Vista Spinning and Weaving Company Limited and Braco de Prata Printing Company Limited, had all begun in the late 19th century and were registered in Glasgow but traded in Portugal through William Graham and Company, William and John Graham and Company, and William Graham Junior and Company, who acted as their agents and held title to the real estate in Portugal.
An assets company was also formed in 1924, known as the Reserved Assets Company Limited. Its registered office also was 7 St Helen's Place. It was wound up in 1936 on the reduction and reorganisation of the capital of the trading company. West European Industries Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary, was incorporated on 26 March 1930. Its registered office was 7 St Helen's Place, moving to 5 St Helen's Place in 1947. The Portuguese business of Grahams Trading Company Limited was held through West European Industries Limited. In 1947, the "Portuguese companies" went into voluntary liquidation, and the various mills and factories were gradually closed down and sold off in the 1950s. Grahams Trading Company Limited was taken over by Camp Bird Limited in 1957 and went into voluntary liquidation in 1960.
Scope and content/abstract:
The records of West European Industries Limited consist of Board minutes, annual reports and accounts and financial material. The records are held offsite and require 24 hours notice for access.
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System of arrangement:
Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.
Conditions governing access:
Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.
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Immediate source of acquisition:
The archives were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in May 1987. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.
CLC/B/036-01: Camp Bird Limited;
CLC/B/036-02: Abelheira Paper Mills Limited;
CLC/B/036-03: Boa Vista Spinning and Weaving Company;
CLC/B/036-04: Braco de Prata Printing Company;
CLC/B/036-05: Davis and Soper Limited;
CLC/B/036-06: Grahams (Lisbon) Limited;
CLC/B/036-07: Grahams Trading Company;
CLC/B/036-08: Reserved Assets Company;
CLC/B/036-09: Tekka Taiping Limited;
CLC/B/036-10: West European Industries Limited;
CLC/B/036-11: William Graham and Company;
CLC/B/036-12: William Graham Junior and Company.
Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.
Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2010 to January 2011.
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