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Archive Reference / Library Class No.D7512
TitleSims and Sons of New Whittington, shovel manufacturers
DescriptionLetter re wartime supply problems
Extent2 items
RepositoryDerbyshire Record Office
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Archive CreatorSims and Sons of New Whittington, shovel manufacturers
Administrative HistoryThe firm established by Samuel Sims (1849-1930) was active by 1891, shown in Kelly's Directory for Derbyshire as wholesale boot & shoe dealer and draper and in Kelly's Directory for 1899 as wholesale boot & shoe and general dealers and brush manufacturers. In the census of 1901 and 1911 the business is described as shovel and brush manufacturer. The firm exhibited at British Industires Fairs (1937-1957). The sons of Samuel Sims involved in the business were William Harold (born 1876), Rupert Stanley Carr (born 1888) and Norman Douglas (born 1893) Although the business was named Samuel Smith and Sons it is clear from the 1911 census entry that three daughters also worked in the firm: Flora (born 1874), Margaret Carr (born 1882) and Ethel (born 1885).
Administrative History SourcesKelly's Directory of Derbyshire, 1891, 1899
Census returns, 1901, 1911
Grace's Guide, 'S._Sims_and_Sons', Website:, accessed 2021
Custodial HistoryThis item was donated to Derbyshire Record Office by Wigan Archives Service in September 2011, and accessioned in November 2011.
Organisation Sub-TypeBlacksmiths, metalworkers, ironmongers
Related MaterialSee D5266/4 for records of another local shovel manufacturers, in Staveley.
Tool and die makers
Manufacturing industry
AcknowledgementsAdministrative History researched and written by cataloguing volunteer Roger Jennens, December 2021.
Archivist NoteCatalogued 23 November 2011, MPS.
Revised to ISAD(G) 9 September 2022, BS.

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New Whittington; Sims and Sons; fl 1891-fl 1957; shovel manufacturers
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New Whittington 
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