Document ReferenceMS 421
TitlePhotographic records of steel framed buildings constructed by David Colville and Sons Limited, 1920-1951
Extent2 volumes
AbstractThe collection comprises photographs and newspaper cuttings relating to buildings in London, Manchester and Cape Town constructed in the 1920s and 1930s using steel frames manufactured by David Colville and Sons Limited of Glasgow. The Bank of England in the City of London is particularly well represented.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe photographs in this collection feature buildings with a steel frame construction. In each case, the steel girders were manufactured and assembled by David Colville and Sons Ltd (later Colville Constructional Company Limited), of 195 West George Street, Glasgow. The firm, founded by David Colville (1813-1897), had iron and steelworks in Glengarnock, Ayrshire and Motherwell and Dalzell, Lanarkshire. Colville's was eventually sold to the British Steel Corporation.

The photographs and newspaper cuttings in this collection were compiled by Mr C.J. Willey. It is likely that he was an employee of David Colville and Sons Ltd.
Custodial HistoryThe collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in August 1987.
DescriptionThe collection comprises two albums, primarily containing black and white photographs. The first documents the steel frame construction of the Bank of England in the City of London, which was rebuilt between 1920 and 1930. The photographs depict views of the steel frame, curved trusses and entrance girders on Princes Street, welding, welded connections, and finished work. The album also contains newspaper cuttings relating to the rebuilding of the bank (1930-1932), and a typescript lecture about the rebuilding of the bank giving reference to photographs (c. 1951). There are also two items of copy correspondence dated September 1951, one sent by C.J. Willey to J. Cotton, chairman of Serck Foremans Group, and one sent by Cotton to Willey.

The second album contains photographs and newspaper cuttings relating to other buildings constructed by Colville's in the late 1920s and early 1930s. These include premises for Barclay's Bank in Cape Town, South Africa, and in Gracechurch Street, City of London; the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in Leadenhall Street, City of London, and in Manchester; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in Gower Street, London; the Royal Bank of Canada at 6 Lothbury, City of London; the Middlesex Hospital, London; Phoenix Assurance, City of London; and Woolwich Borough Council. Other buildings featured include Croydon Aerodrome Hotel; the Dugdale Printing Works; Stone House at 84 Houndsditch, London; and Ninth Church of Christ Scientist in Marsham Street, Westminster. The photographs focus on aspects of the steel framework of these buildings.
ArrangementNo archival arrangement has been necessary
TermBuilding, iron and steel
Steel framing (Building)
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection. 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.
Related MaterialCorus Colors Regional Record Centre: Corporate and miscellaneous records of David Colville and Sons Limited. c.1885-c.1930.
<a href="">National Archives of Scotland</a>: Accounting, technical, production, staff and premises records and letter books of David Colville and Sons Limited. 1871-1930.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA735David Colville and Sons Limited; steel manufacturers
NA736David Colville and Sons Limited; steel manufacturers
NA737Willey; C.J. (fl 1951)fl 1951
PL760/Cape Town/South Africa
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