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Flintshire Record Office
Catherall and Company and William Hancock, of Buckley, records

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/HC

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Catherall and Hancock, Brickworks and Pottery records

Short Title: Catherall and Company and William Hancock, of Buckley, records

Creation date(s): 1737-1941

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 401 items

Name of creator(s): Catherall and Company, Buckley; William Hancock and Company, Buckley.

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The clay industry in Buckley, Flintshire, grew rapidly in the 18th century when the improvement of the navigation of the River Dee facilitated trade with Ireland. Jonathan Catherall (1689-1761) played an important part in the development of the industry. William Hancock (born 1752), Catherall's grandson, was another leading pottery and brickwork owner, and a partner in the tramway from Buckley to the River Dee. William Hancock and Company produced brick and pottery in the Buckey and Mold area until the late 19th century. Catherall had another grandson, also Jonathan Catherall (1761-1833), who inherited his grandfather's pottery business and expanded it. In 1792, he married Catherine Jones, who died in 1807. Their only surviving child, William (born [1798]), became a partner in the business in 1819. Catherall and Company survived in Buckley until the late 19th century, moving increasingly into brick and tile manufacture. The company of George Watkinson and Sons owned brickworks and collieries in Buckley in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Etna brickworks.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Deeds relating to Hancock properties in Buckley and Hawarden, 1737-1874; plans of Spon Green and other collieries, [late 19th century]; vouchers, 1843-1872; deeds of the Catherall family, 1778-1919, relating to properties including brickworks and potteries in Buckley and Hawarden; letters to Jonathan and William Catherall, 1808-1830; deeds relating mainly to Buckley, Knowle Lane and Etna brickworks and Lane End and Buckley collieries, 1841-1920; leases of Northop coal mines, 1873-1912; and agreements concerning colliery wagons and sidings in Buckley, 1875-1932.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Hancock; Catherall (deeds); Catherall (correspondence); Castle Brick Company; and Hancock.

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright restrictions apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of this catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The Catherall deeds and papers came into the possession of Thomas Cropper of Buckley.

Immediate source of acquisition:

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Further records relating to the brick industry in Buckley are in Flintshire Record Office, D/DM/61, 107, 245, 267, 288.

Publication note: Cropper, Thomas, Buckley and District (Buckley, 1923) and Messham, J. E., 'The Buckley Potteries', Flintshire History Society Journal, XVI (1956), pp. 31-61, were based on the archive.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Catherall and Hancock MSS; Veysey, A. G. (ed.), Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (Denbigh, 1974); Cropper, Thomas, Buckley and District (Facsimile edition, Clwyd County Council, 1987); Messham, J. E., 'The Buckley Potteries', Flintshire History Society Journal, XVI (1956), pp. 31-61.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2004


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Brickworks | Wales | Flintshire
Catherall family | Correspondence
Coal mines and mining | Wales | Flintshire
Deeds | Wales | Buckley
Deeds | Wales | Hawarden
Pottery industry | Wales | Flintshire

Personal names
Catherall , Jonathan , 1761-1833
Hancock , William , b. 1752

Corporate names
Catherall and Company
George Watkinson & Sons
William Hancock and Company

Places
Buckley (Wales)
Hawarden (Wales)
Northop (Wales)

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