John Holdsworth & Co Ltd - Corporate History, Sources of Information

Books & Articles

Allen, G C, British Industries & Their Organisation, London, 2nd ed, 1935

Baines' Account of the Woollen Manufactures of England, with an introduction by K G Ponting, Newton Abbot, 1970

Beesley, I, Through the Mill - The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs, Clapham, 1987

Blau, G, 'Wool in the world economy' in JRSS cix (iii) 1946 pp179-235

Board of Trade, Working Party Reports, Wool, London, 1947

Brearley, A, & Iredale, J A, The Worsted Industry, Leeds, 1980

Brothwell, J, 'The 1951 depression in the British wool industry' in YBESR Vol 4 No 2 (1952) pp75-108

Busfield, D, 'Job definitions & inequality - the "unskilled" women workers of the West Riding textile industry 1850-1914' in TH 19/1 Spring 1988 pp61-82

Committee of Industry & Trade, Survey of Textile Industries, London, 1928

English, W, The Textile Industry, London, 1969

Gee, S, Old Halifax, Leeds, 1987

Hanson, T W, The Story of Old Halifax, Halifax, 1920

Hardill, I, The Regional Implications of Restructuring in the Wool Textile Industry, Aldershot, 1987

Heath, H, The Yorkshire Woollen & Worsted Industries, Oxford, 1920

Holroyde, H, 'Power Technology in the Halifax Textile Industry' in THAS 1980 pp63-75

Holroyde, H, 'Textile Mills, Masters & Men in the Halifax District 1770-1851' in Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society (THAS) 1979 pp57-79

Hudson, P, 'Proto-industrialisation: the case of the West Riding wool textile industry in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries' in The Textile Industries, ed Jenkins, D T, Oxford, 1994, pp84-111

Hudson, P, The Genesis of Industrial Capital - A Study of the West Riding Wool Textile Industry c1750-1850, Cambridge, 1986

Humphreys, V, 'An Examination of the Halifax Textile Industry in a period of intense technological change 1700-1850' (unpublished PhD dissertation, Open University, 1988)

Itinerary of Halifax, Halifax, 1875 (pp 242-245)

Jenkins, D T, & Ponting, K G, The British Wool Textile Industry 1770-1914, London, 1982

Jenkins, D T, 'The Factory Returns 1850-1905' in Textile History (TH) 9 1978 pp58-74

Jenkins, D T, The West Riding Wool Textile Industry 1770-1835 - A Study of Fixed Capital Formation, Edington, 1975

King, H, Worsted Spinning Economics, Halifax, 1933

Lee, W J, The Ancient Wool Craft of Halifax, typescript, 1958

Macrosty, H W, 'Business Aspects of British Trusts' in Economic Journal xii 1902 pp347-66

Oxtoby, G, 'The Wool Textile Industry (1950-69)' in YBESR xxii (1970) pp195-217

Pankhurst, K V, 'Investment in the West Riding Wool Textile Industry in the Nineteenth Century' in YBESR vii (1955) pp93-116

Philpott, B P, 'Fluctuations in wool prices 1870-1953' in Yorkshire Bulletin of Economic & Social Research (YBESR) vii (1955) pp1-28

Ponting, K G, The Wool Trade Past & Present, London, 1961

Priestman, H, Principles of Worsted Spinning, 1906

Ranger, W, Report to the General Board of Health on a Preliminary Enquiry into the Sewerage, Drainage & Supply of Water & the Sanitary Conditions of the Inhabitants of the Township of Northowram & Southowram, London, 1850

Ranger, W, Report to the General Board of Health on a Preliminary Enquiry into the Sewerage, Drainage & Supply of Water & the Sanitary Conditions of the Inhabitants of the Town of Halifax in the County of York, London, 1851

Reach, A B, The Yorkshire Textile Districts in 1849, ed Aspin, C, Blackburn, 1974

Roth, L, The Genesis of Banking in Halifax, Halifax, 1914

Sawyer, K C, Living Stones - An account of All Saints, Salterhebble, Halifax 1846-1995, Halifax, 1995

Seward, D, 'The wool textile industry 1750-1960' in The Wool Textile Industry in Great Britain, London, 1972, pp34-48

Siddal - Our Memories, Our History, Halifax, 1989

Sigsworth, E M, Black Dyke Mills - A History, Liverpool, 1958

Sigsworth, E M, & Blackman, J M, 'The Woollen & Worsted Industries' in The Development of British Industry & Foreign Competition 1875-1914, ed Aldcroft, D H, London, 1969, pp128-57

Spencer, C, 'Child labour in the Early Textile Mills' in THAS 1991 pp109-23

Thompson, R J, 'Wool prices in Great Britain 1883-1901' in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (JRS S) lxv (1902) pp503-13

Turner, H, Worsted Spinners' Practical Handbook, London,1915

Webster, E, 'Halifax Schools 1870-1970' in THAS 1972 pp1-50

Webster, E, 'A Summary of Evidence Submitted to the Royal Commission on Rivers on its visit to Halifax on 16-17 November 1866' in THAS 1975 pp1-19

Webster, E, 'Halifax at the Great Exhibition, 1851' in THAS 1980 pp18-26

Webster, E, 'Edward Akroyd (1810-87)' in THAS 1987 pp19-44

Webster, E, Textiles & Tools - Nineteenth Century Industries in Calderdale, Halifax, 1990

Wild, J, 'Some local people of note' in THAS, 1976

Wrigley, C, Cosy Cooperation Under Strain - Industrial Relations in the Yorkshire Woollen Industry 1919-30, University of York Borthwick Paper No 71, York, 1987

Other secondary sources

Halifax Courier

Halifax Guardian

Directories of Halifax

Wool Record

Parliamentary Papers 1834 XX - Factories Enquiry Commission: Supplementary Report - Employment of Children in Factories, Part 2, C1 North East District

Notes on sources

Lloyds TSB Group Archives, Deed of Settlement for the Halifax Joint Stock Bank, 1829, Book No 5354; Deed of Settlement for the Halifax & Huddersfield Union Bank, 1836, Book No 5294

Calderdale District Archives, Brief for the Plaintiff on Inquiry: Mr John Holdsworth v The Inhabitants of the Wapentake of Agbrigg & Morley in the West Riding of the County of York, Defendants, in the Kings Bench, 10 March 1835, HAS: B: 159; Halifax & District Master Spinners' Federation papers, HMS1-24

John Holdsworth Archives, the main items concerned were conveyances and other property papers, 1825 onwards; family tree; balance sheets, profit & loss, trading accounts, partners' capital accounts and drawings accounts from 1851 onwards (the series of profit & loss and trading accounts is incomplete) contained in various stock ledgers, private ledgers, reports & accounts and working papers; minute books 1922 onwards; sales day books for contract, Newlam, and motor sales from the 1930s onwards; mill inventories 1868, 1879, 1886, 1929 and 1939/43; various letter books and letter files; property ledger 1879; expenses ledger for Bradford & London, 1872-86; school certificate register 1889-1943; sundry probate papers; design archive including pattern book and sundry patterns; sundry miscellaneous material including estate plans for 1855, 1883 and 1920, correspondence with Lloyds Bank concerning George Holdsworth, 1931, minutes and correspondence concerning the trustees of the William Holdsworth 1951 Settlement 1957-64, papers concerning the proposed Worsted Spinners' Federation, the Moquette Manufacturers Association, and the Halifax & District Master Spinners' Federation, various agency and travellers' agreements, various photograph albums, various press cuttings books, various estate ledgers, agreement for the sale of the business in 1922.

Interviews were conducted with Malcolm Sutcliffe, Harry Straker, Jack Hickling, David Holdsworth, Trevor Marsden, Arthur Taylor, Brian Taylor, Harry Burton, Derek Bradley, Gordon Charlesworth, Rodney Hirst, Ernest Hirsch, Mrs Dina M Holdsworth, Cecil Evans, Cyril Francis, Peter & Marion Hepworth, Paul Woodhead, Herbert Whittaker, Michael Holdsworth, Wendy Whitehead, Sheila Smith, Audrey Harker, and Dr. John Hargreaves (Secretary of the Halifax Antiquarian Society).

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