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R. and C. Goldthorp

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Goldthorp's Mill, of Cleckheaton, Yorkshire.

Wire and Card Manufacturer. [1]

See Christopher Goldthorp and his son Robert Heward Goldthorp

See Guy Goldthorp and Harry Goldthorp

1851 Employing 45 men

1891 'The debtor. Mr. Harry Goldthorp informs that up to June, 1885, his brother, Guy Goldthorp. Messrs. James and William Brown, the trustees under his father's will, and Mr. George Openshaw carried on business in partnership at Cleckheaton as card makers, under the style R. and C. Goldthorp. In that month the partnership was dissolved, the trustees and Mr. Openshaw retiring. After the dissolution the debtor, Harry Goldthorp, became his brother's partner, the arrangement being that he should take one-third of the profits and be liable for one-half of the losses. Since that time the business has been carried on by the two in partnership.'[2]

1891 'THE AFFAIRS OF MESSRS. GOLDTHORP, OF CLECKHEATON. Yesterday the public examination in bankruptcy of Mr. Guy and Mr. Harry Goldthorp, trading as Messrs. R. and C. Goldthorp cardmakers, of, Cleckheaton. was down for hearing at the Bradford Bankruptcy Court, before Mr. Registrar Lee. Mr. Harry Goldthorp appeared for examination, but Mr. Guy Goldthorp was an absentee, having left the country. The statement of affairs filed by the debtors showed liabilities to the amount of £51.421 18s. 3d., and there was deficiency of £35,229 18s. 9d. The examination of Mr. Harry Goldthorp by the official receiver bore out the report to the court and the creditors, and contained little that has not already been made public. In answer to questions to the whereabouts Mr. Guy Goldthorp, the debtor said he was last heard of about five weeks ago, when a letter dated Delagoa Bay (Mozambique) was received by his wife. He (the debtor) did not expect that his brother would turn up in England again, or that he would ever present himself for examination. Regarding certain accommodation bills in which the firm had been involved, they were transactions entirely carried out Mr. Guy Goldthorp without his (Mr. Harry's) knowledge or consent. The Official Receiver said that Mr. Harry Goldthorp had given him every information, and had endeavoured to give all the explanations possible to the affairs of the firm. Asked as to the causes the firm's failure, the debtor said he attributed the disaster to bad debts, bad trade, and bad management. He intended the latter term to apply to himself and his brother, and made no imputation whatever upon any person in the employment of the firm.— The examination was closed.'[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1869/02/26
  2. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Friday 02 October 1891
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 07 November 1891