PAPERS OF THE PARSONS FAMILY OF MARTOCK, ETC
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Papers of the Parsons family of Martock, etc.
Copy plans of the Parrett Works, Martock DD\X\LIV/1 n.d
[see also DD\X\GSN for additional plans, etc.]
Copy of survey and sale catalogue of mill, 1869, and copy of valuation, 1941. DD\X\LIV/2 1869-1941
Copy of page from catalogue of the International Exhibition DD\X\LIV/3 1862
With illustration and description of patent wheel produced by Parrett Works, 1862.
Photograph of engraving of the Parrett Works. DD\X\LIV/4 n.d
Photocopies of sale notices DD\X\LIV/5 1857-1868
From newspapers of North Street Factory, Crewkerne, 1868; machinery from Parrett Works, 1868; and factory at Castle Cary, 1857; advertisements for goods produced.
PARSONS FAMILY (formerly of Martock) DD\X\LIV/6 1877
Photocopy of probate copy of will of George Parsons, proved in New Zealand Supreme Court.
Photocopy of marriage certificate of George Parsons and Elizabeth Anne Gale. DD\X\LIV/7 1839
Photocopy of marriage certificate of George Estcourt Parsons and Sarah Parsons. DD\X\LIV/8 1865
Photocopy will of William Parsons of Holton, yeoman. DD\X\LIV/9 1837
Photocopy will of John Weston Peters of South Petherton, esq. DD\X\LIV/10 1858
North St., Crewkerne documents DD\X\LIV/11 1842-1980
Copy of photograph of North St. flaxmill, Crewkerne, c.1870; plan of the mills based on Portman sale catalogue, 1868, copies of sale advertisement, 1867; table of quantity of canvas used for sails, 1842; copy print of Bird's South St. Mill, Crewkerne, c.1920; photograph of Somerset & Dorset Box Company's premises showing former mill buildings, c.1980.
Copy of sale particulars, 1868, with sketch of site. Copy letterhead, 1896, showing Higher Flax Mills, Castle Cary (Thos. Donne & Sons, flax and tow spinners). DD\X\LIV/12 1868-1896
Copy of printed booklet entitled Sailcloth and Canvas DD\X\LIV/13 [c.1937]
Published by Richard Hayward & Co. Ltd., of Crewkerne, sailcloth makers, and incl. details of the firm's history.
Photocopy of letter from Geo. R. Ratsey of West Cowes, Isle of Wight, to Richard Hayward of West Chinnock, sailcloth weaver, enclosing a draft ]missing] for £100. DD\X\LIV/14 
[Messrs. Ratsey and Lapthorne, sailmakers, bought sailcloth from Hayward from 1790 onwards.]
Photocopy of valuation DD\X\LIV/15 
Of plant and machinery at Beaminster, Dorset, West Chinnock and Tail Mills and Greenham Mills, Crewkerne, on behalf of Richard Hayward of W. Chinnock, and Wm. Henry Wheaton Toby of Beaminster, Dorset, sailcloth makers, etc.
Copy of advertising bill for the Coker Sail Cloth Works of Messrs. Richard Hayward & Co., Crewkerne. DD\X\LIV/16 [c.1870]
Copy of lecture entitled 'Sailcloth and Sailmaking' DD\X\LIV/17 
Given by Thos. White Ratsey at the Marine and Small Craft Exhibition, 18 March 1924, reprinted from The Field, 27 March and 3 April 1924. Includes references to Somerset sailmakers.
Ts. list of sailmakers, fishcurers, etc. Great Yarmouth, who dealt with Isaac Ford of West Chinnock, sailcloth-maker, 1830-1883. DD\X\LIV/18 n.d., C19
Extracts from the Transactions of the Society of Arts, vol. xxx (1812), pp. 23, 139-42 DD\X\LIV/19 1812
Referring to the gold medal awarded to Messrs. Robt. and Giles Camye of Yeovil 'for the manufacture of Sail-Cloth proper for the use of the Royal Navy', and including a description of the manufacturing process.
Leaflet containing an article reprinted from the Western Gazette, Dec. 1946 DD\X\LIV/20 1946
Referring to the proposed merger of Richard Hayward & Co. Ltd. and Arthur Hart & Son Ltd., manufacturers respectively of sailcloth and webbing, Crewkerne.
Photographs of trade tokens: Sparks and Gidley, Crewkerne; B. & C., Yeovil. DD\X\LIV/21 
Photocopy of the Manufacture of Webbing (an article originally produced in The Cabinet Maker and Complete House Furnisher.) DD\X\LIV/22 [n.d. c.1925]
Reprint from The County Illustrated of January 1924, article on R. Bird & Co's Webbing Works, Crewkerne. DD\X\LIV/23 
PHOTOGRAPHS (modern prints) of the PARSONS FAMILY DD\X\LIV/24 [c.1870-1881]
i. [c.1870] Geo. Parsons b. 25 Feb. 1807, d. 1876, by Chaffin & Sons, Yeovil. 1 doct.
ii. (c.1876] Elizabeth Anne Parsons, nee Gale, b. 21 Dec. 1804, d. 1888, by G. Truckle, London. 1 doct.
iii.  Geo. Estcourt Parsons, b. 29 May 1841, by Chas. Martin, Ashburton, New Zealand. 1 doct.
iv.  Henry William Parsons, b. 23 Mar. 1846, d. 5 Dec. 1930, by Chas. Martin, Ashburton, New Zealand. 1 doct.
v.  John Athelston Parsons, b. 25 April 1850, d. 16 Nov. 1943, by Clifford and Morris, Dunedin, New Zealand. 1 doct.
Further research on Richard Hayward & Co. of Crewkerne. DD\X\LIV/25 
Further research on F. Drake & Co., of East Coker. DD\X\LIV/26 
Further research on Richard Hayward & Sons, of Tail Mill, Merriott. DD\X\LIV/27 
Copy of minute of meeting of Sail Cloth Manufacturers of Yeovil. Those present named. DD\X\LIV/28 1828
WEST OF ENGLAND ENGINEERING AND COKER CANVAS CO. DD\X\LIV/29 [1865-1866]
Photocopy material from the Public Record Office about the company, with an account of the opening of the new factory (Parrett Works, Martock.) on the founding of the limited company (Pulman's Weekly News).
Photocopies: frontispiece of Frank Chapman's attendance prize at Martock National School, 1895; article on Mr. G.P. Petter's and Messrs. Hill & Boll's oil-motor carriage, reproduced from The Engineer, 1906. DD\X\LIV/30 [1895-1906]
Advertisements, plan and illustrations DD\X\LIV/31 C19th
Somerset Wheel & Waggon Co., Martock; Parrett Works, Martock; Hennet, Spink & Else, Bridgwater Iron Works, Bridgwater; Oliver Maggs, Bourton Foundry, (Dorset), near Wincanton; Agricultural machinery.
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