Reference NumberP/MDS
TitlePapers of Sydney Maddocks
DescriptionResearch notes and correspondence relating to the history of east London.

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Extent3 files, 2 volumes and 3 bundles
AdminHistorySydney Maddocks was born in Stepney in 1870 into a well-known family from Ratcliff. He joined the Commercial Gas Company in about 1889, and stayed with the company for some 46 years until his retirement in 1935. He became Registrar of the Company and contributed many short articles on the history of east London to 'The Copartnership Herald', the magazine published by the firm. In his lifetime, Maddocks was a widely acknowledged expert on many aspects of the history of east London, and these papers reflect that range of his historical interests.

He was also involved in the civic life of east London: he served as a trustee and manager of the Greencoat Schools in White Horse Street and was also a member of the Coopers' Company. Sydney Maddocks died in Southend, Essex in 1953.
CustodialHistoryThese papers - along with books, maps and prints - were presented to the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney by Sydney Maddocks's son Hubert S. Maddocks after his father's death in 1953: see Report of Public Libraries and Museums Committee dated 17 June 1953 noted in the Council minutes of 15 July 1953. See also P/MDS/1/3. His manuscripts were originally listed as STE/866-867 before they were recatalogued.
RelatedMaterialMany of his short articles on the history of Stepney were published in 'The Copartnership Herald', the in-house magazine of the Commercial Gas Company (under classmark LC015). There are also a number of his pamphlets in the Local History Library.

Maddocks's papers relating to Poplar were passed to the Poplar Central Library in June 1953 (see correspondence in P/MDS/1/3), but they have not yet been traced. His research papers which relate to the history of Essex (particularly Wanstead) were donated to the Essex County Record Office in June 1953, where they were catalogued under the reference T/P 94.

The press cuttings collection includes correspondence relating Captain Bligh of HMS Bounty and his family connections with Broad Street in Wapping, 20 March 1945 - 28 May 1945 (LCX00127). Among these papers are four letters on the subject exchanged between Sydney Maddocks and Sir William Foster (1863-1951; Registrar and Superintendent of Records in the India Office) and the Stepney Borough Librarian Gurner P. Jones, 16-26 April 1945.

MISC/105 is a manuscript copy of the inscription 'over the East India Dock entrance gates' made on 24 August 1901 written in handwriting that bears some resemblance to that of Sydney Maddocks.

Sydney's older brother Frederick William Maddocks (1860-1934) also had an interest in the history of east London: some of his papers are at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, catalogued as P/FMS.
Bromley St Leonard
East London
Access StatusOpen
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