Thomas Bell & Sons (of Dundee) Ltd, Jute Spinners and Manufacturers, Dundee
- 1887-1942 (Creation)
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0.70 linear metres
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In 1780 Thomas Bell and Alexander Balfour formed the company Bell & Balfour. In 1833 this firm was dissolved and Thomas Bell was joined by his sons Thomas and William in Thomas Bell & Sons, who erected Belmont Works. Another son, James, joined the firm when it became a limited company in 1863, the first Dundee firm to do so. Heathfield Works was added in 1889. In 1920 it amalgamated with other jute firms to form Jute Industries Ltd. Products included hessians, jute, tarpaulines, flax and jute, roofing canvas and "scenic" canvas. It went into voluntary liquidation in 1933.
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Minutes 1890-1933; letter books 1914-1923; ledgers 1917-1921; shareholding records 1890-1928; miscellaneous loose papers 1887-1936; tradesmen's time books 1939-1942; balance sheets 1910-1932.
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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.
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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997
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