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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1712
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1681-1916
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1 linear metre
Name of creator(s): Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd x Ditchburn and Mare Shipbuilding Co x C J Mare and Co


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Limited was founded in 1837 by shipbuilder Thomas Ditchburn and naval architect Charles Mare as the Ditchburn and Mare Shipbuilding Company, then C.J. Mare and Company. The shipyards were first at Deptford, then moved to Orchard Creek. They were one of the first builders of iron ships. They built several warships for the Admiralty including HMS Warrior. Their employee football club, Thames Ironworks FC, later became West Ham United FC. The Ironworks closed in 1912, unable to compete with northern shipyards.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to property owned by the Thames Iron Works in Greenwich, Deptford and West Ham.

Also papers of the Ellis family concerning premises at Hornsey, Stoke Newington and Hackney, London, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire and Nelson and Wellington, New Zealand.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In two sections: ACC/1712/1-116: Deeds and documents relating to the titles of freehold and leasehold properties at Greenwich, Deptford and West Ham; ACC/1712/117-153: Deeds relating to the Ellis family.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1981

Allied Materials

Related material:

See O/045 for a minute book of the Company.

Publication note:

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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