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Papers of Davenport Family of Withington, Manchester
Papers of Davenport Family of Withington, Manchester
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Small archive relating to family whose business was rope-making. The records include Family Papers 1801-1855, Household Accounts 1830-1840, Business Correspondence 1823-1855, Accounts and Receipts 1817-1859.Many of these records are in a very poor state of repair and require conservation..Place:/Withington/Manchester/Lancashire/England/Alport/Manchester/Manchester/Lancashire/England
Papers of Davenport Family of Withington, Manchester
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This archive consists of many hundreds of letters, documents and miscellaneous items concerning the family of John Davenport senior and junior of Withington. The archive covers the first half of the nineteenth century and deals with their domestic activities as well as their business as rope makers. The archive sheds light on an occupation which had seen little change for centuries and includes agreements for the original lease from Samuel Heginbottom for the business premises in or near Mason Street, Ancoats and other premises in Addington Street, Cable Street and Green Lane (formerly George Road). Sometime after 1825 the business moved to new premises on Ashton Road which, according to the directory for 1829, was the works; there was a shop at 14 Smithfield. Earlier directories list the business of John Davenport & Son as being at 1 Mason Street/Swan Street while John Davenport junior is noted as trading from 4 Mason Street. By 1838 it seems that John Davenport Sr had either retired or had died as the name '& Son' had disappeared. Factory records show a wide range of goods manufactured- lacing cord, twine, engine yarn, sashcords, whip lashes, surgeons tow, bucket ropes, bed cords, fine and rough flax and bell ropes for Manchester Cathedral.
Purchased 2 January 1987 (accession number 1276)
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