• Title
    R & W Hawthorn Leslie & Co Archive
  • Reference
  • Production date
    1846 - 1963
  • Creator
    • R & W Hawthorn LtdBiography
    • R & W Hawthorn Leslie & Co LtdBiography
    • Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns LtdBiography
  • Scope and Content
    The records of R W Hawthorn Leslie and Co Ltd consist mainly of records concerning locomotive production – order books, drawing registers, miscellaneous manufacturing records, also included is photographic material contained in photograph albums and in principle dimension books. There is also a variety of publicity material including brochures and publications. Volumes such as order books and drawing registers follow through uninterruptedly despite amalgamations with other companies, changes in ownership, etc. The archive consists of 13 volumes, nine booklets and 12 photograph albums.
  • Extent
    10 boxes
  • Physical description
    The archive consists of hard backed volumes that are in a fair condition. Some items in series HL 3/1 and HL 4/2 are not fully backed and held together with archival tape.
  • Language
  • Archival history
    The bulk of the archive originated from GEC Alsthom who inherited records of R & W Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. The archive was split up and acquired by the NRM via separate routes from GEC Alsthom. The decision was made to reunite the material at the NRM. List of Engines built by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns Ltd - Records acquired from GEC Alsthom and Constituent companies by National Railway Museum. Transferred from Trafford Park, Manchester c.1983 Weight Book, Drawing Registers, spare boilers built, particulars of industrial locomotives built - Records acquired from the Industrial Railway Society. These had been loaned to the society for a short period by GEC Traction and were intended for the NRM collection. Transferred to the NRM October 1984. Order Books 1-5, photograph album, principle dimension books - Records acquired from GEC Alsthom and Constituent companies by National Railway Museum. Transferred from Trafford Park, Manchester 1992. Brochures and publications - Four brochures came from the British Transport Commission Historical Helics from Euston, Westminster and Clapham. Six are an untraced find.
  • Level of description
  • Repository name
    National Railway Museum, York
  • Associated people and organisations
    • Stockton & Darlington Railway CoBiography
    • English Electric Company LimitedBiography
  • Subject
  • Conditions governing access
    Access is given in accordance with the NRM access policy. Material from this archive is available to researchers through Search Engine
  • Conditions governing Reproduction
    Copies may be supplied of items from this archive provided that the copying process used does not damage the item or is not detrimental to its preservation. Copies will be supplied in accordance with the NRM’s terms and conditions for the supply and reproduction of copies, and the provisions of any relevant copyright legislation.
  • Finding aids
    There is an access database that records locations of material
  • Related object
    Related Archives
      2002-8356, 2002-8360 Weight Books1893-174 Three photographs of locomotive by FC Winby, 1893 made by R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie and Co.
  • Related items
    1976-8129, 1976-8133, 1977-5225, 1978-8134, 1978-8143, 1978-8165, 1979-7389, 1994-8841, 1997-7765, 1997-7765 Works Plates
    1924-610, 1924-611 Model Locomotives
    1896-111 Model Crane
    1989-7174, 1989-7173 Model Ships
  • Appraisal
    The archive has been appraised. Secondary material has been removed. NRM Correspondence, transcripts of private researchers and NRM library material has been placed in the NRM registry files and the library collections respectively.
  • System of arrangement
    The original order of the archive has been difficult to ascertain. The archive has therefore been arranged into five series reflecting either the activities to which the records relate or the nature of the record. Order books Drawing Registers Manufacturing Material Photographic Material Publications
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