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WARNERS, SILKWEAVERS, OF BRAINTREE


 

D/F 24/  Introductory Note

 
Level:Sub-Fond
Dates of creation
 

 D/F 24/1     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1806-1914
Extent30
Scope and content Deeds of 32, 34 and 36 South Street (formerly called 11, 13 and 15 Lower Railway Street), Braintree, sold to Alfred and Frank Warner of London and Braintree, silk manufacturers, in 1913.
Bundle includes ground plan, sale particulars 1888 (property then in occ. of Josiah Clark, cabinet maker, upholsterer, etc.), and abstracts of title, 1881, 1888, 1890 and 1912.
 

 D/F 24/2     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1896-1912
Extent10
Scope and content Deeds of 38, 40, 42 and 44 South Street (formerly Lower Railway Street), Braintree, sold to Alfred and Frank Warner of London and Braintree, silk manufacturers, in 1912.
Bundle includes ground plan, and begins with enfranchisement of the property, formerly copyhold of the manor of Braintree.
 

 D/F 24/3     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1844-1900
Extent23
Scope and content Deeds of 4 cottages [40, 48, 50, 52 South Street] in Lower Railway Street, Braintree, to which Benjamin, Alfred and Frank Warner, all of London, silk manufacturers, were admitted in 1900.
Bundle (mainly admissions, within manor of Braintree) includes printed notice of sale and abstract of title, 1885, and sale particulars,1900.
 

 D/F 24/4     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1649/50-1915
Extent52
Scope and content Deeds of 5 tenements in Lower Railway Street Braintree, copyhold of manor of Braintree, to which Frank Wamer of London, silk manufactuer, was admitted in 1915.
Bundle includes sale particulars, 1878.
Later endorsements, pencilled, refer to 58-66 South Street, Braintree. The property changed considerably since the 1649/50 description of \'bd a. land called Masses (Mazaz), on which was formerly a brick-kiln. Later descriptions include: messuage in street called Pound End [later Lower Railway Street], 1740; messuage in 3 tenements, 1741; 6 tenements, 1827; 7 tenements, 1839
 

 D/F 24/5     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1821-1895
Extent13
Scope and content Deeds of 4 cottages and parcel of land called the Maizes and the Sewer (also Lower) Ditch in Pound End, Braintree, copyhold of manor of Braintree.
 

 D/F 24/6     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1828-1926
Extent18 items
Scope and content Deeds of land on S. side of South Street (formerly Lower Railway Street), Braintree, with dwelling-house erected thereon, sold to Sir Frank Warner in 1926.
Endorsed 'Ivy House and Cottage South Street'
Bundle includes ground plans, abstracts of title, 1878 and 1893, and sale particulars, 1893, of 32 houses or cottages in Braintree (Church, Lower Railway and Manor Streets, and Albert and Notley Roads) and 3 cottages in Stisted.
 

 D/F 24/7     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1714-1778
Extent18
Scope and content Deeds of messuage called Great Mazes at Pound End in Braintree.
Bundle includes probate of will,1726, of Samuel Fowler of Braintree, gentleman [cf. D/ABR 19/297], and abstract of title, c.1770.
 

 D/F 24/8/1     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1797-1863
Extent17
Scope and content Deeds of pasture called Great Mazes near the vicarage in Hoppet (Hoppit) Lane, copyhold of manor of Braintree. Bundle includes sale particular ('The Mazes') and abstract of title, 1839.
 

 D/F 24/8/2     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1800-1873
Extent26
Scope and content Deeds of cottage called Peter Goddin's near the river at Cottars Bridge, with a croft called Peter Goddin's alias the Mazes (5a.) and other land, the site of 2 tenements (in 1867 : Great and Lt. Mazes).
Bundle includes sale particular and abstract of title, 1841; the Bishops Stortford, Dunmow, and Braintree Railway co., 1864; enfranchisement of this
 

 D/F 24/8/3     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1817-1863
Extent17
Scope and content Deeds of 4 cottages (formerly 3) at Pound End in Braintree, near The Hyde on S. side of road, and copyhold of the manor of Braintree.
Bundle includes sale particulars and abstract of title, 1835, and admission of Messrs. Walters, 1863.
 

 D/F 24/8/4     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1856
Extent5
Scope and content Deeds of land [possibly with 8 cottages] in Pound End, Braintree (abuttals and dimensions given), copyhold of manor of Braintree, to which Messrs. Walters were admitted, 1856.
 

 D/F 24/8/5     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1807-1872
Extent11
Scope and content Deeds of cottage, part of Lt. Mazes, with brewhouse since converted into a dwelling-house at Hoppet in Braintree, now converted into 3 tenements; messuage on Braintree Green; copyhold of manor of Braintree.
Bundle includes abstract of title,1871, and enfranchisement and conveyance to Messrs. Walters, 1872
 

 D/F 24/8/6     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1822, 1870-1919
Extent19
Scope and content Deeds of nucleus of mill site, and later deeds of D/F 24/8/1-5, including : lease to Messrs. Walters, 1822, of silk mill built by Courtauld & Taylor, with horse mill for four horses, and a steam boiler; and conveyance of premises and assignment of good will from Messrs. Walters to Messrs. Warner, 1895
The present mill building was built in 1858 and the deed of 1822 probably refers to a different site.
 

 D/F 24/9/1     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1864-1865, 1870-1898
Extent7
Scope and content Weavers' ledgers.
Detailed calculations of a techinical nature arranged by debit and credit entires, in date order, under name of weaver. Later volumes are indexed.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/9/2     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1864-1865, 1870-1898
Extent7
Scope and content Weavers' ledgers.
Detailed calculations of a techinical nature arranged by debit and credit entires, in date order, under name of weaver. Later volumes are indexed.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/9/3     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1864-1865, 1870-1898
Extent7
Scope and content Weavers' ledgers.
Detailed calculations of a techinical nature arranged by debit and credit entires, in date order, under name of weaver. Later volumes are indexed.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/9/4     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1864-1865, 1870-1898
Extent7
Scope and content Weavers' ledgers.
Detailed calculations of a techinical nature arranged by debit and credit entires, in date order, under name of weaver. Later volumes are indexed.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/9/5     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1864-1865, 1870-1898
Extent7
Scope and content Weavers' ledgers.
Detailed calculations of a techinical nature arranged by debit and credit entires, in date order, under name of weaver. Later volumes are indexed.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/9/6     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1864-1865, 1870-1898
Extent7
Scope and content Weavers' ledgers.
Detailed calculations of a techinical nature arranged by debit and credit entires, in date order, under name of weaver. Later volumes are indexed.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/9/7     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1864-1865, 1870-1898
Extent7
Scope and content Weavers' ledgers.
Detailed calculations of a techinical nature arranged by debit and credit entires, in date order, under name of weaver. Later volumes are indexed.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/9/8     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1921-1933
Extent5
Scope and content Power loom weavers' ledgers.
Detailed calculations of a techinical nature arranged by debit and credit entires, in date order, under name of weaver, in 9/11 and 9/12 only (1928-1933) entries are arranged and indexed by loom number, not by name of weaver.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/9/9     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1921-1933
Extent5
Scope and content Power loom weavers' ledgers.
Detailed calculations of a techinical nature arranged by debit and credit entires, in date order, under name of weaver, in 9/11 and 9/12 only (1928-1933) entries are arranged and indexed by loom number, not by name of weaver.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/9/10     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1921-1933
Extent5
Scope and content Power loom weavers' ledgers.
Detailed calculations of a techinical nature arranged by debit and credit entires, in date order, under name of weaver, in 9/11 and 9/12 only (1928-1933) entries are arranged and indexed by loom number, not by name of weaver.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/9/11     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1921-1933
Extent5
Scope and content Power loom weavers' ledgers.
Detailed calculations of a techinical nature arranged by debit and credit entires, in date order, under name of weaver, in 9/11 and 9/12 only (1928-1933) entries are arranged and indexed by loom number, not by name of weaver.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/9/12     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1921-1933
Extent5
Scope and content Power loom weavers' ledgers.
Detailed calculations of a techinical nature arranged by debit and credit entires, in date order, under name of weaver, in 9/11 and 9/12 only (1928-1933) entries are arranged and indexed by loom number, not by name of weaver.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/9/13     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1932-1968
Extent1
Scope and content Register of warpers
Arranged by name of warper with tables of work analysis under heads such as colour, dye number, warp, count and yards.
Prefaced with list of payments in relation to variations in, and complexities of warping.
Reclaimed by depositor, December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/1     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/2     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/3     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/4     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/5     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/6     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/7     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/8     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/9     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/10     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/11     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/12     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/13     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/14     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/10/15     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1895-1935
Extent15
Scope and content Production books
Arranged by running number with details of colour and name of fabric, length, and cost per yard or metre, with name of customer.
Occasional references to 'London numbers' more than one production line
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/11     
Level:Item
Dates of creationc.1904 (with later additions)
Extent1
Scope and content Piece-work computation book
Comprises pasted slips with name and nature of tissue, name of weaver, and costing in relation to silk, machine, binder, and width; ends with scale of charges, c.1904, for 'Turning On'; allowances to apprentices, 1911; day work rates on figured velvet weaving, 1916; general day work rates, 1925; weavers' committee rules, 1939; copy agreement with hand weavers, 1946, on wages and rotation of work; overtime rates, 1948; status of hand loom weavers, 1948.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/12     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1874-1882
Extent1
Scope and content Stock register
Largely unused, but prefaced with diagram, 1879, 'To form the Cross for Picking', and containing list of looms, 1874-82, (with later details of their maintenance or removal), list of cards and machines, 1874 'here and at Sudbury', and return of loom hands.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/13/1     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1909-1926 1936-1938
Extent3
Scope and content Order books
Headings for date, order no., yards, colour, width, design, count, number of warp, quality, size, number of shoot, quality size, number of ends, weaver, page, loom pattern, remarks.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/13/2     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1909-1926 1936-1938
Extent3
Scope and content Order books
Headings for date, order no., yards, colour, width, design, count, number of warp, quality, size, number of shoot, quality size, number of ends, weaver, page, loom pattern, remarks.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/13/3     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1909-1926 1936-1938
Extent3
Scope and content Order books
Headings for date, order no., yards, colour, width, design, count, number of warp, quality, size, number of shoot, quality size, number of ends, weaver, page, loom pattern, remarks.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/14     
Level:Item
Dates of creationn.d.[c.1900]
Extent1
Scope and content Design register
Endorsed 'Cards etc.': alphabetical list of designs, with sets and cost headings, and separate section, numbered 1-39, with techinical notes and costings.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/15     
Level:Item
Dates of creationn.d. [c.1910]
Extent1
Scope and content Design register
Alphabetical list of designs with details of make, build, cords, ties, price, etc.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/16     
Level:Item
Dates of creationn.d.[c1920]
Extent1
Scope and content Design register
More detailed alphabetical list with annotations; damaged.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/17     
Level:Item
Dates of creationn.d. [c.1900]
Extent1
Scope and content Photograph album of designs, prefaced with alphabetical list; incomplete and damaged.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/18     
Level:Item
Dates of creationn.d.
Extent1
Scope and content Ring folder of designs, with fabric squares stapled to pages.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/19     
Level:Item
Dates of creationn.d.
Extent1
Scope and content 'Notes on M. Fabrics M. 161-190'
Volume contains headings for Coxwold, Byland, Helmsley, Sandsend, etc., and details of warp, weft and treadling.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/20     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1934-1942
Extent1
Scope and content Braintree Invoice Register
Gives date of invoice; name of supplier; description of purchase yarn, and (where appropriate) dyes and chemicals; fuel, repairs, sundries, capital expenditure, and date of incoice despatch to London.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/21     
Level:Item
Dates of creationn.d.
Extent2
Scope and content Rough notebooks, with jottings on designs and 'Narrow Harnesses in the Shop.'

Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/22     
Level:Item
Dates of creationn.d.
Extent2
Scope and content Rough notebooks, with jottings on designs and 'Narrow Harnesses in the Shop.'

Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/23     
Level:Item
Dates of creationn.d.
Extent1
Scope and content Typesheet, 'Miss Morman's Fabrics' with details of designs in, or contents of, ten parcels.
 

 D/F 24/24     
Level:Item
Dates of creationn.d.
Extent1
Scope and content Typesheet, 'Designs of 3-pile Velvet.'
 

 D/F 24/25     
Level:Item
Dates of creation4 July 1893
Extent1
Scope and content Part of The Daily Graphic , with article and illustration on the weaving of Princess Victoria Mary's wedding dress by Warner & Sons, Spitalfields.
[Reclaimed by depositor, Xerox copy in E.R.O]
 

 D/F 24/26     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1897
Extent1
Scope and content Second Edition 25" O.S. map, Sheet XXV 14, Braintree area
 

 D/F 24/27     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1898
Extent1
Scope and content Typesheet of article in The Pictorial Record , 'Special Local Edition for Braintree 1898' on Warner's factories and processes.
 

 D/F 24/28     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1902
Extent1
Scope and content Part of the Daily Mail , 24 February 1902, with article on weaving of King's Coronation mantle at Braintree.
[Reclaimed by depositor; Xerox copy in E.R.O]
 

 D/F 24/29     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1902
Extent1
Scope and content Part of The Start , 1 April 1902; with article on weaving of King's Coronation mantle at Braintree.
[Reclaimed by depositor; xerox copy in E.R.O.]
 

 D/F 24/30     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1913
Extent1
Scope and content Photograph album (photographs of identified people) presented to the Silk Association of Great Britain by Frank Warner.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/31     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1914
Extent1 folder
Scope and content Correspondence, and detailed proposals, memoranda and resoloutions in negotiations between Management and Amalgamated Furniture Silk Weavers' Union (Headquarters: Rose & Crown inn, Braintree) on wages and conditions of employment.
 

 D/F 24/32     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1924
Extent1 folder
Scope and content Typed press reports and article, some in great detail, on the history of Messrs. Warner & Sons and the Firm's display at the British Empire Exhibition.
 

 D/F 24/33     
Level:Item
Dates of creationc.1924
Extent1 folder
Scope and content Photographs of factory premises, other buildings, and employess at work, probably in connection with the British Empire Exhibition, for which there are prints of the firm's stand.
 

 D/F 24/34     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1937
Extent1
Scope and content Souvenir booklet, British Traditional Colours , with fabrics interleaved, issued in connection with the Coronation of King George VI.
Reclaimed by depositor December 1979
 

 D/F 24/35     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1949
Extent1
Scope and content Booklet, A History of Warner & Son Ltd , being the text of a paper read by Alec B. Hunter to the Braintree & District Textile Society.
See A.B. Hunter Essex Review vol. LX11 (July 1953) pp.1,4-24
 

 D/F 24/36     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1953
Extent1
Scope and content Illustrated article, 'Tradition of the Robes', a Daily Mail publication.
[Reclaimed by depositor; xerox copy in E.R.O]
 

 D/F 24/37     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1953
Extent1
Scope and content Booklet, Warner Fabrics , containing photographs of various interiors with Warner decorations.
[Reclaimed by depositor; xerox copy in E.R.O]
 

 D/F 24/38/1     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1953 and n.d.
Extent3
Scope and content Typed or duplicated notes on the Silk Processing & Weaving Departments at New Mills; The Velvet for the Royal Robes; a History of Warner & Sons [brief].
Returned to depositor, xerox copies available [D/F 24/38/2-3 Library Box 124]
 

 D/F 24/38/2     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1953 and n.d.
Extent3
Scope and content Typed or duplicated notes on the Silk Processing & Weaving Departments at New Mills; The Velvet for the Royal Robes; a History of Warner & Sons [brief].
Returned to depositor, xerox copies available [D/F 24/38/2-3 Library Box 124]
 

 D/F 24/38/3     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1953 and n.d.
Extent3
Scope and content Typed or duplicated notes on the Silk Processing & Weaving Departments at New Mills; The Velvet for the Royal Robes; a History of Warner & Sons [brief].
Returned to depositor, xerox copies available [D/F 24/38/2-3 Library Box 124]
 

 D/F 24/39     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1954
Extent1
Scope and content Journal of the Royal Society of Arts , No. 4919, Vol CII (Feb.1954), containing article by Sir Ernest Goodale on 'Furnishing Fabrics of the Past 200 Years'.
 

 D/F 24/40     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1957
Extent1
Scope and content Lloyds Log (April 1957), containing illustrated article 'Silk Fabrics for New Committee Room.'
[Returned to depositor; xerox copy of article in E.R.O]
 

 D/F 24/41     
Level:Item
Dates of creation1972
Extent1.
Scope and content Sale catalogue, The Archive of Warners of Braintree Ltd., Silk Weavers of Spitalfields and Braintree , by Messrs. Christic.