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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/038
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1885-1982
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 49 production units.
Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

The companies listed in this collection had several connections, such as shared premises and directors.

They had ceased trading or had become holding or investment companies by 1982 when those that survived became subsidiaries of the Caparo Group Limited.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of various tea or rubber companies, all later purchased by the Caparo Group. There are no records of Caparo Group Limited itself. The archives are catalogued under the names of the individual companies within the group. The companies are:
Assam Frontier Tea Company;
Budla Beta Tea Company;
Dooars Tea Company;
Empire of India and Ceylon Tea Company;
Empire of India Holdings Limited;
Lanka Plantation Company;
Oriental Rubber Company;
Singlo Tea Company;
Singlo Holdings Limited.

All the records are held offsite and therefore require 24 hours notice for access.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

CLC/B/038-01: Assam Frontier Tea Co;
CLC/B/038-02: Budla Beta Tea Co;
CLC/B/038-03: Dooars Tea Co;
CLC/B/038-04: Empire of India and Ceylon Tea Co;
CLC/B/038-05: Empire of India Holdings Ltd;
CLC/B/038-06: Lanka Plantation Co;
CLC/B/038-07: Oriental Rubber Co;
CLC/B/038-08: Singlo Tea Co;
CLC/B/038-09: Singlo Holdings Ltd.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The Caparo Group took over the archives of both surviving and defunct companies and donated them to Guildhall Library in 1982. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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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:
November 2010 to January 2011.

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