TitleIbbotson Brothers and Company Limited, Manufacturers of Steel Files, Saws and Springs, Sheffield
AdminHistoryThe company was founded by William Ibbotson in Bridge Street, Sheffield in 1809. In 1821, then known as Ibbotson and Roebuck, it was at Bower Spring and by 1825 it was established at The Globe Works in Penistone Road. In a directory of 1828 it is listed as Ibbotson Brothers, steel converters and refiners, merchants, and manufacturers of stove grates, fenders, saws, files, scythes, edge tools etc. In 1846 the Ibbotsons were bankrupt but William Ibbotson re-established the Globe Works at Cross Smithfield and by 1862 the works were at Russell Street (later named Alma Street) where they flourished.

In 1939 the firm was taken over by Jonas Woodhead and Sons Limited of Leeds but the name was preserved until 1971 when the whole of the Globe Steel Works became merged in Woodhead Components Limited.
DescriptionCorporate and Management Records:
Memoranda and Articles of Association, 1872 - 1966 (MD8197/1/1)
Minutes of Directors' meetings, 1888 - 1960 (MD8197/1/2)
Shareholder records, 1879 - 1954 (MD8197/1/3)
Company Seal records, 1941 - 1951 (MD8197/1/4)
Letter books and correspondence, 1912 - 1958 (MD8197/1/5)

Accounting and Financial Records:
Annual Statement of Accounts, 1898 - 1955 (MD8197/2/1)
Ledgers, 1919 - 1947 (MD8197/2/2)
Sales and Purchase books, 1965 - 1972 (MD8197/2/3)
Records of dividends and interest, 1899 - 1937 (MD8197/2/4)
Journals and cash books, 1919 - 1962 (MD8197/2/5)

Employment Records:
Monthly salary books, 1901 - 1938 (MD8197/3/1)
Foremen's weekly payments books, 1959 - 1972 (MD8197/3/2)
Salaries analysis books, 1944 - 1952 (MD8197/3/3)

Plant and Property:
Machinery stock books, 1914 - 1940 (MD8197/4/1)
Date1872 - 1972
Extent68 items
AccessConditionsSome items contain personal information about employees which is restricted for 50 years under the Data Protection Act.
RelatedMaterialSheffield Archives:
Ibbotson Brothers and Company Limited, Manufacturers of Steel Files, Saws and Springs, Sheffield, 1872 - 1950 (LD1145)
Willford and Co. Ltd, Railway Spring Manufacturers, Sheffield (1881 - 1962), MD7391
Woodhead Components Ltd, Sheffield (20th cent), Acc. 1993/103

Sheffield Local Studies Library:
The History of the Globe Works, [1988] (MP 5132 M)
William Ibbotson, An address to the workmen in the various branches of the file trade, [1836] (042 S P/COPY PT.1 &2)
AcquisitionSourceThese items were deposited by Carclo Engineering Group PLC in 1993.
ArchNoteCatalogued prepared by Cheryl Bailey, Mar 2012
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