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Archive Reference / Library Class No.D7915
TitleRichard Johnson and Nephew Ltd, ironmasters and wire drawers
DescriptionPlan of forge and wire works
Extent1 item
RepositoryDerbyshire Record Office
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Archive CreatorRichard Johnson and Nephew Ltd, ironmasters and wire drawers
Administrative HistoryRichard Johnson and Nephew were a firm of ironmasters and wire drawers based in Bradford, Manchester, with a heritage dating back to 1773. In 1876 the firm opened a new site at Ambergate, on the site of the former ironworks of John and Charles Mold on the banks of the River Derwent.

In 1973 the firm was merged with Thomas Firth and John Brown Ltd, to be known as Johnson and Firth Brown Ltd. In 1981 two steel wire subsidiaries, Johnson and Nephew (Manchester) and Johnson and Nephew (Ambergate) were sold to Cape Gate of South Africa.

The Ambergate site was closed in 1996.
Administrative History Sources'Johnson and Nephew: Ambergate Wireworks' on the 'Crich Parish' local history website:, accessed 2021
'Richard Johnson and Nephew' on Grace's Guide website:, accessed 2021
Custodial HistoryThis record was donated to Derbyshire Record Office, via New Mills Co-operative Society, in November 2015.
Organisation Sub-TypeBlacksmiths, metalworkers, ironmongers
Related MaterialSee D4484, D4572 and D7340 for other records of Richard Johnson and Nephew.
See D308 for records of Morley Park and Alderwasley Ironworks and Mines.

See Michael Seth-Smith (1973) 'Two hundred years of Richard Johnson & Nephew', available in the Local Studies Library.
Iron industry
Manufacturing industry
AcknowledgementsAdministrative History researched and written by cataloguing volunteer Roger Jennens, December 2021.
Archivist NoteCatalogued 26 November 2015, PB.
Revised to ISAD(G) 9 September 2022, BS.

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