Collection BOYE - John Boyes Correspondence

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John Boyes Correspondence


  • 20th century (Creation)

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1 box

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Biographical history

John Boyes was born in 1914 in Surrey. He moved to Chingford in 1956 and worked as a Senior Factory Inspector. He was interested in Industrial Archaeology and local history and was a member of various organisations, including the Chingford Historical Society of which he was Chairman and then President, the Essex Archaeological and Historical Congress of which he was founder and President, the Society of Antiquaries of which he was a Fellow and the Thurrock Local History Society of which he was a Patron. He published various works including the book "The Canals of Eastern England" (1977) and frequently lectured on Industrial Archaeology.


Archival history

The mill library of John Boyes was donated to the archive by his son Geoffrey Boyes in February 2015. This correspondence was found tucked between the pages of many of the books, along with cuttings and postcards now moved to the cuttings and postcard collections. The material has been arranged according to the book it came out of.

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Scope and content

Correspondence mainly relating to reviews of mill books. Also includes a few photos.

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This collection may be consulted free of charge at the Mills Archive; please email to arrange an appointment.

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  • English

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John Boyes' photographic collection is held by the English Heritage Archive.

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Archivist's note

Collection level description by Nathanael Hodge, 2015.

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  • Box: John Boyes Correspondence