South Shields Salt Water Baths Company Limited

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South Shields Salt Water Baths Company Limited
Company baths: SOUTH SHIELDS: South Pier

Please note: As handwriting is often unclear, names of shareholders are indicative only.
When accuracy is important, researchers should consult the original documents.
PRO references will be found at The National Archives (Public Record Office, Kew)

Interestingly, the abridged prospectus of the company, which appeared as an advertisement in the local paper, made no mention of Turkish Baths, merely stating that 'The Company has been formed for the Building and Working of Salt Water Baths.' The proposed establishment was also to include slipper and shower baths, together with a caretaker's house.

TNA: PRO: BT31 2936/16398 All unfootnoted information is taken from this file.

1882 Memorandum of Association: 9 February
Allen, Alexander (50 shares) Shipowner (Dir)
Chapman, Henry (20 shares) Chartered accountant
Dale, J B, JP
Eltringham, J T, JP (Dir)
Hall, John L, JP (50 shares) Shipowner (Dir)
Hall, S S (Dir)
Harper, J (Dir)
Mabane, T G (Cnclr) (20 shares) Solicitor (Dir)
Moore, J M (Town Clerk) (Dir)
Nelson, Henry (Mayor of South Shields) (Dir)
Peverley, R B (Dir)
Potts, G R (20 shares) Agent (Dir)
Swainston, R (20 shares) Agent (Dir)
Secretary (Pro Tem): R H Allen (s-1286)
Average number of shareholders: 134 holding 1137 shares

1883 Registered Office: 16, King Street

1884 Chairman: John P Wardle

1885 Secretary: Henry Briggs (s-1001)

1886 Special meeting: held to increase the capital of the company to 8,000 by the issue of 3,000 additional shares. (1 Feb)
Registered Office: 5, Market Place
Secretary: John R Moore (auctioneer, house, and estate agent)

1887 AGM: resolution put by the Directors:
That the present Staff at the Baths receive one month's notice to terminate their engagements, and that we advertise for an Engineer as Manager.
Average number of shareholders: 400, holding 3336 shares (21 Feb)
Sale: Business sold to a new company, the Victoria Sea Water Baths Company Limited (25 Mar)
Ceased trading: 9 October

1890 Voluntary liquidation: 25 March

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