c.200 volumes and files and c.1,500 documents, 1871-1970, comprising the business records of Inglis & Co. Ltd., bakers, confectioners and flour millers, Eliza St, Belfast, and the subsidiary bakery companies of Bloomfield Bakery Ltd, Belfast (acquired 1933), Patterson Ltd, Belfast (acquired 1936), William McComb Ltd, Belfast (acquired 1933) and T.P. Willis Ltd, Newry, Co. Down (acquired 1938). Business papers relating to the main firm comprise: memorandum and articles of association, 1894; minute books, 1909-61; a minute book of Inglis Employees' Benefit Trust, 1910-20, set up in 1909 for the improvement of the material and moral welfare of employees by the use of trust funds for profit-sharing; journals, 1871-1962; statistics books relating to shop and cart sales, flour output, wages, cost of horse feed, etc., 1892-1937; a volume of press cuttings relating to the bakery trade in Belfast, with press reports of annual meetings of shareholders, and printed reports and accounts of the directors, 1894-1932; accounts and correspondence, etc., c.1917-c.1945, pertaining to the wholesale biscuit trade with shops in Northern Ireland and in England, and to biscuit making and the supplying of bread to military authorities during the 2nd World War. There are also papers relating to the extension of Belfast Gas Works and the opposition to it from neighbouring firms including Inglis & Co. Ltd, c.1910; they contain the minutes of a committee set up under the chairmanship of G.F. Inglis to oppose the scheme, 1911-12. The papers relating to William McComb Ltd comprise: an accident record book, 1933-45, stock books,1934-47, general ledgers, 1934-55 and balance sheets, c.1930-35. Those relating to Patterson Ltd comprise wages books, 1918-64, a directors' minute book, 1936-61, a share ledger, 1920-34, balance sheets, c.1930-35 and stock books, 1946-50. There are also minutes of the Royal Bakery Ltd, Belfast, 1961-64, of Mercer & Co. Ltd, Belfast, 1961-64, and of Bloomfield Bakery Ltd, 1961-64.
The principal strength of the collection lies in the detailed documentation it contains of an important Belfast business and related subsidiary firms.
c. 1,700 items, 1871-1970 comprising a range of documents, files and volumes (some outsize) and occupying 100 PRONI boxes.
See PRONI reference D/2774 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.
See also PRONI reference D/2606 for a plan of the premises of Inglis & Co., 1903.