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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/3657
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1856-1985
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 11.43 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Willett was the founder of the Artistic Building Firm, a building and contracting business. He was born in Colchester in 1836. The business operated mainly in Hammersmith and Kensington, with their main office situated in Sloane Square. Willett retired in 1900 leaving the business to his son, William Willett junior. The Times newspaper noted that "the term "Willett-built" is a current expression in particulars of sale and it applies, broadly speaking, to a type of residence which is distinguished by individuality of design, both inside and out." Willett died in Hove in November 1913.

William Willett junior died in Chislehurst in March 1915, aged 58. As well as running the family business, he was also responsible for the daylight savings scheme where the clocks are moved forward in Spring and back in Autumn.

Information from The Times obituaries: Wednesday, Nov 12, 1913; pg. 11; Issue 40367; col D and Friday, Mar 05, 1915; pg. 10; Issue 40794; col E.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to the estate of William Willett, including records relating to properties in Hammersmith, Belsize Park, St John's Wood, Earl's Court, Kensington, Marylebone, Mill Hill, Brighton and Hove; and papers of the trustees of the estate including reports, financial accounts and statements, receipts, and allocation of income.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/3657/001 to 019.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

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:

Records deposited in January 1996.

Allied Materials

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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:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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