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Gwent Archives
Cordes (Dos Works) Ltd, records

Reference code(s): GB 0218 D169, D372

Held at: Gwent Archives

Title: Cordes (Dos Works) Ltd MSS

Short Title: Cordes (Dos Works) Ltd, records

Creation date(s): 1835-1957 (mainly 1835-1908)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): J. J. Cordes & Co. Ltd; Cordes (Dos Works) Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history: J. J. Cordes & Co. Ltd was a firm of nail manufacturers based in Newport, Monmouthshire, founded by James Jamieson Cordes (b. [1798]). Cordes was of French and American descent, becoming a naturalized British citizen in 1853. He opened the Dos Works in Newport in about 1835, so named because it was the second works he established. J. J. Cordes & Co. Ltd went into liquidation in 1903. Its assets were taken over by Cordes (Dos) Works Ltd and the Dos Works remained open until 1961.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Cordes (Dos Works) Ltd, 1835-1957, including deeds and related documents, 1835-1900, relating to properties in Newport, Malpas, and Bassaleg, Monmouthshire; business records, 1840-1908, including minutes, 1883-1899, management agreements, 1840-1853, and papers relating to the liquidation of J. J. Cordes & Co., 1903-1904; naturalisation papers of J. J. Cordes, 1844-1853; correspondence, 1847-1853, 1952-1956.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: D169 arranged into the following: administration; management and development; property; general; personal and private; D372 arranged broadly chronologically.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office and the National Register of Archives.


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: D372 deposited by Messrs Pennington & Son, 64 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2, 1962.


Related material: A history of the company is in Gwent Record Office, Misc. MSS 2099.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, List of documents deposited in the Monmouthshire Record Office, Newport, by Messrs Cordes (Dos Works) Ltd (D169); Gwent Record Office, Deeds relating to Cordes (Dos) Works, Newport (D372), catalogue; Monmouthshire Record Office, Guide to the Monmouthshire Record Office (Monmouthshire Record Office, 1959); Davis, Haydn, The History of the Borough of Newport: from swamp to super-town (Newport, 1998); National Register of Archives (, viewed 6 January 2006.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2006

Cordes (Dos Works) Ltd | Archives
Manufacturing industries | Wales | Newport

Personal names
Cordes , J. J. (James Jamieson)

Corporate names
Cordes (Dos Works) Ltd
Cordes, J. J. & Co.

Newport (Wales)

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