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J. and N. Philips and Co

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August 1923. Corcas Cambric.
May 1931.
December 1954. Dorcas.
December 1960. Dorcas.

of Manchester, Upper Tean, Staffs, and London, manufacturers of textiles, tapes and smallwares.

of 35 Church Street, Manchester, 4. Telephone: Manchester Deansgate 3456. Cables: "Phil, Manchester, Eng". (1947)

1748-1968 (36 boxes and 1 oversize item)

1747 The firm was established in Tean, Staffordshire, by John Philips and Nathaniel Philips, who were later joined by their brother Thomas Philips.

The family went on to establish smallware weaving concerns at Radcliffe and Whitefield, near Bury, and set up two smallware firms in Manchester, under the names of John and Nathaniel Philips and Nathaniel and Faulkner Philips, and a hatting business under the name of Thomas and Nathaniel Philips.

The main Manchester firm of J. and N. Philips became a nationwide merchanting and manufacturing enterprise. The company had connections with a number of other firms.

1830 They acquired an interest in James Chadwick and Brother, of Eagley Mills, near Bolton, cotton spinners and thread makers.

1914 A London warehouse was opened.

1915 The firm became a private limited company.

In 1921, they purchased the business of Isaac Thorpe and Sons of Manchester, textile manufacturers and warehousemen.

1926 A large interest in W. Smith and Co (Witney), of Witney, Oxfordshire, blanket manufacturers, was acquired

The company also had business connections with John Ormand Taylor, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, nightwear manufacturer.

WWII. During the Second World War part of the firm’s Manchester premises were requisitioned as a site for the censorship of mail of British prisoners of war.

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers and General Warehousemen. Suppliers to Home Trade, Makers-up and Export Markets. Producers of Dorcas Fabrics and Household Goods, and all types of Ready made Clothing. (Earls Court, Ground Floor, Stands No. 97 and 122) [1]

1970 The company closed down.

---Tean Mills, Staffs

of Tean Hall Mills, Tean, near Stoke, Staffs. Telephone: Tean 65. Cables: "Philips, Tean". (1947)

Records including account files, 1957-1963 (14 files); orders and working papers, 1963-1968; needle loom patents and related correspondence and papers, 1944-1951; papers relating to John Philips’ charity for weavers employed at Tean, 1940-1950 (51 items).

Companies acquired by, or otherwise connected with, the firm James Chadwick and Brother Ltd, of Eagley Mills, near Bolton, cotton spinners and thread manufacturers.

Business diary (of Robert Chadwick of Eagley), 1830, and notes on applicants for jobs, 1843-1850.

W. Smith and Co, and J. and N. Philips, Bridge Mills (Witney) Ltd, of Witney, Oxfordshire, blanket manufacturers.

Board minutes, 1926-1948; financial papers including balance sheets and accounts, 1925-1939; profit and loss accounts, 1939-1956; departmental production and cost records, 1947-1951; distribution of labour and overhead expenses, 1943-1951.

John Ormond Taylor, of Norland Factory, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, nightwear manufacturer.

Agreements relating to nightdresses and pyjamas produced for J. and N. Philips and Co Ltd, and the lease of machinery for this purpose, 1935-1942, with related correspondence, 1936-1950; profit and loss accounts and balance sheets, 1936-1940; financial papers concerning agreements and book values, 1941-1949, and machinery purchased, 1936-1937.

Isaac Thorp and Sons of Manchester, textile manufacturers and warehousemen.

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Tapes, Bindings, Smallwares, Woven Labels, Rayon Ribbons. [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1947 British Industries Fair p217
  2. 1947 British Industries Fair p217
  • [1] Manchester Archives