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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/3650
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1941-1979
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.3 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Sheer Metalcraft Ltd | metal office furniture manufacturers
Sheer Pride Ltd | metal office furniture manufacturers


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sheer Metalcraft Limited (Company No.367412) was formed in 1941. Its registered office was at 22 Mare Street, Hackney while the company also occupied premises on the Weybridge Trading Estate and 20 Angel Factory Colony, later 20 Lea Valley Trading Estate, Upper Edmonton, London N18. The company was bought by A.V.P. Industries Limited in 1949. In 1962 Sheer Metalcraft Limited changed its name to Sheer Pride Limited. From March 1968 its registered office was Harbet House, Lea Valley Trading Estate, Upper Edmonton, London N18.

In January 1976, Harold H. Poster, chairman of the company, a director since 1943 and chairman for most of that period, died suddenly. Following his death, the A.V.P. Group of companies was acquired by Lonrho Plc who in 1979 transferred Sheer Pride Limited from its A.V.P. Sub-Group to its John Holt Sub-Group. Company No. 367412 subsequently changed its name to Rainbow Engineering Limited and then to Jagplace Limited . In 1987 the John Holt Sub-Group transferred Company No. 367412 to Firsteel Group Limited, another subsidiary of Lonrho Plc. Lonrho Plc then sold Firsteel, excluding Company No. 367412, which is believed to have been the subject of a management buyout. At about this time the business moved to Hirwaun, Mid Glamorgan. When the business went into receivership around June 1995 it was being conducted by DMI Fabrications Limited trading as Sheer Pride.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Sheer Pride Limited, metal office furniture manufacturer, 1941-1979, including five directors' minute books, company annual returns and one file and one register relating to share transfers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/3650/001-005: Minutes; ACC/3650/006-008: Other papers

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

The records remained with the John Holt Sub-Group when Company No. 367412 was transferred to Firsteel in 1987. In 1995 the receiver of the company indicated that he did not want the older records. Consequently on 12 January 1996 they were given to the Greater London Record Office by John Holt Group Limited.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated in 1996.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July to October 2009

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