Denbighshire Record Office

J. M. Porter and Co. MSS (Addnl)

Reference code(s): GB 0209 DD/PO ADDNL

Held at:

Title: J. M. Porter and Co. MSS (Addnl)

Short title: J. M. Porter and Co., architects, additional papers

Dates of creation: 1793-1982

Level of description: Sub-fonds

Extent and medium: (included with DD/PO)

Name of creator(s): J. M. Porter amd Co.; J. M. Porter; J. L. Porter


Administrative and biographical history: J. M. (John Merry) Porter (1863-1942), architect, of Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, was the son of John Porter, of Pwllycrochu, Denbighshire. J. M. Porter qualified in 1886, and became a partner with Lawrence Booth and Thomas Chadwick, architects, surveyors and estate agents. In 1912, the firm became J. M. Porter and Company, and kept this name until it was dissolved, in 1973. J. M. Porter married Catherine M. Hawksworth (1875-1935) in 1891. They had three children, including John Lawrence (fl. 1920-1973). In 1973, the partners in J. M. Porter and Co., (John Lawrence Porter and Leonard Mosely) decided to retire and closed the business. The company and family accumulated many papers relating to building work and property in the area, and also photographs


Scope and content: Correspondence and papers including office papers, 1858-1967; J. M. Porter's papers, 1904-1937; Colwyn Bay and Colwyn UDC, 1896-1907; Colwyn Bay waterworks, 1879-[c. 1930]; photographs, 1866-[c. 1930]; architectural drawings of Colwyn Bay and Colwyn, 1874-1969; maps and plans, [c. 1880]-1982; copy reports, valuations and schedules of dilapidations, 1909-1936; J. M. Porter and Co. business papers, [c. 1880]-1973; John Porter's family papers, 1853-1900; J. M. Porter's papers, [1880]-1938; J. L. Porter's papers, 1913-1968; miscellaneous papers, 1793-1938; and photographs, mostly of Colwyn Bay, [c. 1890]-[1930].


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: correspondence and papers; J. M. Porter's papers; Colwyn Bay and Colwyn UDC; Colwyn Bay waterworks; photographs, plans and drawings; architectural drawings; maps and plans; copy reports, valuations and schedules of dilapidations; business; family; miscellaneous; and photographs.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Denbighshire Record Office.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Denbighshire Record Office have been retained. Duplicate sale particulars have been transferred to the Clwyd Record Office, Hawarden, Gwynedd Archive Service and the National Library of Wales, as appropriate.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited on indefinite loan between 1991 and 1999


Related units of description: Further material is J. M. Porter & Co. MSS, DD/PO.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive includes earlier material accumulated by the family and company.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Denbighshire Record Office, Catalogue of the J. M. Porter & Co. MSS (addnl).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of description: March 2004



Colwyn Bay (Wales) | History

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J.M. Porter and Co. | Archives

Personal names

Porter, J. L. (John Lawrence), [alive 1920-1973]

Porter, J. M. (John Merry), 1863-1942

Corporate names

J.M. Porter and Co.






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