Posted by: kbenoy | September 7, 2011

Queen Square Syndicate

With the Heritage Open Days fast approaching I have been busy working on a display about the Taking Account of Our Past project to go in the searchroom. Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies will be participating in the Heritage Open Days on Friday 9th September 12pm-5pm and Saturday 10th September 10am-12pm. The tours of the building are now fully booked but you can still drop in and take a look around as we will be open. For my display I am looking at the history of the accountancy firm Smith, Son & Wilkie and at three of their Wolverhampton based clients

  • Queen Square Syndicate
  • Benjamin Walters Locksmith
  • Wolverhampton & District Butchers, Hide, Skin, Fat & Wool Co

The Queen Square Syndicate began in 1907 and was made up of a group of prominent local business men who worked as property developers in the Queen Square area. Sir Charles Tertius Mander acted as chairman for the Syndicate with A. Baldwin Bantock, Stephen Craddock, H. Beresford Jones and F. J. J. Gibbons as the original directors. From 1907 – 1931 the offices of the Queen Square Syndicate were based at 25 Darlington Street, moving later to 3 Waterloo Road and then 5 Queen’s Arcade Chambers. The Syndicate worked on the area known as Queen’s Arcade, refurbishing about 20 shops and offices for let.

In 1956 the Queen Square Syndicate sold the remaining Ground Lease for Harleys’ Vaults, 25 Queen Square for £27,700. In 1961 it was decided to sell the leasehold property of the Queen Square Syndicate to Manders Holdings Ltd for £262,755. Later that year the Queen Square Syndicate went into voluntary liquidation with a payment made to shareholders of £200 per share.

The Smith, Son & Wilkie collection contains a range of records relating to the Queen Square Syndicate between 1907 – 1962 including minute books, register of members, register of shares, ledgers and correspondence. Over the coming months this collection will be catalogued and made available for use at the archive.

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