This database was compiled for the NMRS Records by searching the indexes to Dissolved (joint stock) Companies, at the National Archives (formerly the Public Record Office) at Kew. The user must be aware that, because they were compiled by searching for certain key words (i.e. mine, mining and smelting) these listings do not contain those mining companies which used personal names only, for example, Barber, Walker & Co. Ltd. For convenience, they have been split into ‘Coal‘ and ‘Metalliferous’ mines.
The records have been supplemented with references to companies taken from the Mining Journal and other sources (those entries without a BT prefix) by Roger Burt and Peter Waite.
The full reference, for example, NA(PRO) BT31/3376/20159, tells us that the source is the National Archives at Kew. It gives the Class Number = BT31 (Board of Trade, Dissolved Companies), Box number = 3376, and the Company number = 20159 (Craven Moor United Mining Company Ltd). This will allow the archivists to find the documents for you.
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BT31 These are the files of dissolved companies registered with the Board of Trade from 1856 onwards.
The files cover those dissolved companies of all kinds incorporated between 1856 and 1931 and dissolved before 1932; some files of companies incorporated between 1856 and 1900 and dissolved between 1933 and 1948; files of public and private non-exempt companies incorporated up to 1970 and dissolved between 1948 and 1971 with a one per cent sample of files of exempt private companies.
BT41 This series contains the files of all Joint Stock Companies which were registered under the Act of 1844 and dissolved before 1856, and of those re-registered under the 1856 Act
BT286 Surviving files of the Truro Joint Stock Company Registry relating to dissolved Cornish and Devonshire mining companies within the jurisdiction of the former Stannary Court.
There are, in the case of some companies, either one or two additional types of files. In July 1881 the Assistant Registrar in Truro started eliciting from companies newly registering, a second copy of the memorandum of association and of (if any) the articles of association. This second set was sent to the London registry which put them on files for public inspection there.
This arrangement was further developed by the Stannaries Act, 1887, which provided that with effect from 1 December 1887, companies registered at Truro should provide a duplicate copy not only of the memorandum and articles of association on initial registration but of all subsequent returns.
As a result the London Registry opened and maintained its own set of files for these duplicate copies in respect of 84 companies registered at Truro. Although, strictly speaking, they were London registry files, these ‘duplicates’ files were included in this series.
The Stannaries Act, 1887 had reciprocal effect. It enacted that the Truro Registry should hold files of duplicate returns in the case of companies which were mining or quarrying in Devon/Cornwall but were registered in London (or Edinburgh). When the Truro registry was closed the file covers were not preserved but the contents were put on the main London (or Edinburgh) company registration files.
In the case of 18 companies there is also a third type of file. The companies Winding Up Act 1890 provided for the return to the Register of Companies of Liquidators Returns in a prescribed form. Instead of putting these on the main file the Assistant Registrar in Truro opened separate files. There is in addition an omnibus file with miscellaneous liquidator’s affidavits for 16 companies in respect of which an individual file for liquidators’ returns was not opened.
The companies registered in Truro were defunct by 1914, with the exception of the Bodelva China Clay Company Limited which became finally dissolved in 1933.
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