Document ReferenceBGN
TitleRecords of Gilliatt and Sons Ltd, corn millers of Nottingham, 1900-1969
Extent7 boxes
AbstractThe collection comprises legal, financial and administrative records of the company. It also includes photographs, correspondence with trade associations, and plans and printed items relating to corn milling.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe firm of Gilliatt and Sons, millers of Canal Mills, Pinder Street, Nottingham, dates from the late 1890s. The founder, John Gilliatt, had been a corn merchant. When he died in 1901 his sons Thomas and Christopher took over the business, which became a limited company in 1910 after the death of Thomas. The last family head of the firm, Gordon Gilliatt, was Christopher's grandson. He sold his interest in 1962, but continued to work there in the employ of the new owners, Associated British Foods, until 1969 when the business was finally closed, the premises sold and the buildings subsequently demolished.
Custodial HistoryThis collection remained in private hands until 2000 when it was given to The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections.
DescriptionThe collection comprises:

Memorandum and articles of association, July 1909 (BGN 1).

Legal papers, December 1900-January 1939 (BGN 2).

Annual reports, 1950-1960 (BGN 3).

Statements of accounts, 1919-1963 (BGN 4).

Wage records, August 1908-December 1969 (BGN 5, 8).

Millers' remuneration agreement forms, April 1942-July 1954 (BGN 6).

Ledgers and cash books, July 1909-March 1963 (BGN 7, 9-11).

Insurance records, valuations and inventories, August 1908-December 1968 (BGN 12-13).

Shareholding records, July 1909-February 1957 (BGN 14).

Correspondence with trade associations, December 1901-April 1969 (BGN 15).

Specifications for new works, flow diagrams of milling systems, and plans of the mill, June 1925-August 1954 (BGN 16-18).

Printed items, [1865]-1962 (BGN 19).

Photographs, undated c.1920 (BGN 20).

Personal papers of the Gilliatt family, 1931-1962 (BGN 22-24).

Cash book of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Flour Millers Association, 1901-1968 (BGN 25).

The longest series of records is the annual profit and loss accounts (BGN 4). Of particular interest are the wartime inventories and valuations (BGN 13), plans and photographs of the exterior of the premises in Pinder Street (BGN 18 and 20), and a pamphlet providing a short history of the firm up to 1920 (BGN 19/3). The collection provides an incomplete record of the firm and there are gaps in many series but there is sufficient information contained within the collection to support a modest study of the milling industry in the East Midlands.
MgtGroupBusiness records
ArrangementThe collection has been divided by document type into 24 series. Within these series, items have usually been sorted chronologically. In the series of correspondence with trade associations (BGN 15), however, the trade associations concerned have been arranged alphabetically and within them the correspondence has been sorted chronologically.
TermFlour mills - History
Grain - Milling - History
Grain - Milling - England - Nottingham
Canals - England - Nottingham
Millers - England - Nottingham
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection and copyright on the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
ConditionGood but one plan (BGN 18/4) is torn and requires conservation treatment.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA76Gilliatt and Sons Limited; corn millers
NA76Gilliatt and Sons Limited; corn millers
NA78Henry Simon Limited; engineers
NA79Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Flour Millers' Association Limited; trade association
NA80Incorporated National Association of British and Irish Millers Limited, trade association
NA81National Joint Industrial Council for the Flour Milling Industry; trade association
NA82Northern Millers' Committee; trade association
NA83Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food; Nottingham Local Wheat Committee; government committee
NA84Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Flour Millers Association; trade association
NA85Gilliatt; Gordon (fl 1962-1969); corn miller mill owner and grandson of Christopher Gilliattfl 1962-1969
NA86Gilliatt; John (-1901); corn miller mill owner and son of Christopher Gilliatt-1901
NA87Gilliatt; Christopher (fl 1901); corn miller mill owner and founder of Gilliatt and Sons Ltd Nottinghamfl 1901
NA88Gilliatt; Thomas (-1910); corn miller mill owner and son of Christopher Gilliatt-1910
NA89Sharp; Charles Bainsford (fl 1901); confectionerfl 1901
NA75706Gilliatt; family; of Nottingham; corn millers
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