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Accession Number: 83-017


Langford business fonds. -- 1892-1921. -- 30.5 cm of textual materials.

Biography / History

William Langford (1846-1918) came to Canada as a small child with his parents in 1851. He married Louise Jane Walton in 1872 and their children included William Langford Jr. and Ernest Walton Langford. William first had a furniture store in Peterborough but he soon became involved in the building trade, building in the London and Water Street areas. His own residence was on Water Street. He was contracted to build the laundry and an addition to the Nicholls Hospital. Langford also built a number of local schools and churches.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of the Langford family until it was given to the Peterborough Historical Society and subsequently donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of 16 bound journals, day books and cash books pertaining to William Langford, a Peterborough builder. Also included is one folder of loose receipts and price estimates.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Most of the loose papers are fragile and brittle. Some of the pages in the ledgers are fragile and brittle and a number of the ledger covers are broken and falling off. Please handle with care.

The fonds was donated by W.W. Langford via Jane Deyman.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Finding Aid

Box 1

Bound Volumes

1. cash book, 1901-1909

2. ledger, 1901-1909

3. ledger, 1907-1909

4. cash book. 1892-1900

5. cash book, 1912-1913, interleaved with loose receipts.

6. ledger, 1907-1909

7. journal, cash book entries for Peterborough Collegiate Inst. contract, 1907-1908.

8. journal, 1902-1912

9. journal, cash book for Romaine Street. church contract,

10. cash book, 1919-1914

11. ledger, entries for Nicholls Hospital Trust, Board of Education (West Ward School) and records of accounts with Peterborough Lumber Co., Peterborough Planning Mill, Thos. Rehill, 1912-1913.

12. ledger, Bonner Worth Company, additions to factory, 1916.

13. journal, cash paid out, 1914-1915.

14. journal, 1912-1916.

15. Workman's weekly time book, 1915

16. copy letter book of correspondence concerning building projects of William Langford, 1897-1906. Sketches of streets in the Edinburgh-Dublin Street with houses and vacant lots marked.


Loose Items in Folder: 1912-1921.These items include receipts from various suppliers and estimates of jobs. There are also included assessment lists for properties in Peterborough (Charlotte, George, Simcoe, Water and Hunter Streets) 1913, 1914, 1915.