Catalogue description Papers of Henry Illingworth on the worsted industry in Northern France

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Details of MS 605
Reference: MS 605
Title: Papers of Henry Illingworth on the worsted industry in Northern France

Letters, papers and printed documents of Henry Illingworth in connection with a survey of the worsted industry in northern France conducted by himself and John Venimore Godwin on behalf of the Joint Tariff Committee of Yorkshire Chambers of Commerce in October 1876.

Notebooks MS 605/A, MS 605/1-3.


Letters MS 605/B, MS 605, MS 605/4-19.


Reports and papers. MS 605/C, MS 605/20-30.


Printed papers: English MS 605/D, MS 605/31-44.


Printed papers: French MS 605/E, MS 605/45-71.

Date: 1876-1877
Held by: Leeds University Library, Special Collections, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Illingworth, Henry, d1895, president of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce

Physical description: 1 box; 70 files
Access conditions:

Access to this material is unrestricted.

Custodial history:

It seems that the papers came into the possession of William Bunting Crump and thence to the Library, though exactly when these transfers took place is now uncertain.

  • Textile industry
Administrative / biographical background:

Apprehensive at the growth of the French textile industry and anxious about taripagess, Yorkshire woollen manufacturers, organised through their local Chambers of Commerce, sent a delegation to northern France in the autumn of 1876 to investigate the state of the French industry and to report back. The two delegates instructed to study the French worsted trade were Henry Illingworth and John Venimore Godwin. These papers were assembled by Illingworth as a result of that expedition.


Illingworth was later President of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce in 1882/3 and died in September 1895.

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