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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/112-039
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1895-1909
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 24 production units comprising 14 boxes, 7 bundles and 3 envelopes.
Name of creator(s): Crosfield, Lampard and Co | Colombo branch of Harrisons and Crosfield Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

Arthur Lampard opened a branch of Harrisons and Crosfield Limited (CLC/B/112) in Colombo in 1895. The office was known as Crosfield, Lampard and Company. The Company was absorbed into Harrisons and Crosfield Limited when it became a limited company in 1908. From 1908/9 see Harrisons and Crosfield Colombo branch records (CLC/B/112-015).

The records of Crosfield, Lampard and Company include accounts of early plantation estates, including the Hopton Estate, which (with other estates) formed the nucleus of Lunuva (Ceylon) Tea and Rubber Estates Limited (CLC/B/112-111).

Crosfield, Lampard and Company also had North American offices in Montreal, New York and Chicago.

The branch of Crosfield, Lampard and Company which opened in Kuala Lumpur in November 1907 was purchased by Barker & Company Limited in June 1922, at the time of the formation of Harrisons, Barker and Company Limited.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Crosfield, Lampard and Company, managers of tea and rubber plantations in Sri Lanka, including correspondence; financial accounts; and statements of tea shipments.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of Harrisons and Crosfield and its subsidiary and secretarial companies were transferred to Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section between 1990 and 1998. The records were presented as a gift to the Library, except the minute books of some subsidiary companies which are held as a deposit. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Harrisons and Crosfield Ltd collection has been divided into 167 sub-fonds; CLC/B/112-001 to CLC/B/112-167. 001 to 016 are records relating to Harrisons and Crosfield (such as operational records, staff records, property records and so on), and 017 to 167 are the records of subsidiaries, plantations and associated organisations.

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:
November 2010 to January 2011.

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