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Asa Lees and Co

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1887. Cotton repairing and spinning machinery.
1896 cotton carding engine at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry
1924. Asa Lees Drawing Frame.
Asa Lees spinning frame at Masson Mills.
Date unknown. Asa Lees spinning machines.

of Soho Iron Works, Oldham.

1816 Company established by Samuel Lees.

1843 His son Asa Lees acceded to the company and the machine-making business was added to the ironfoundry.

1872 The company, Asa Lees and Co, was registered on 7 September, to acquire the business of the firm of this name, as makers of machinery. [1]

1896 Carding Engine. Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry.

1901 Improved Roving Machine [2]

1914 Machinery manufacturers for the cotton and wool trades. Specialities: all kinds of machinery for ginning, opening, carding, combing, preparing, spinning, doubling and winding cotton, wool etc. Employees 3,000. [3]

1917 Advert as makers of all kinds of textile machinery. [4]

1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history.

1931 Asa Lees, Howard and Bullough, Platt Brothers, Brooks and Doxey, Dobson and Barlow, Joseph Hibbert and John Hetherington and Sons sold their textile machinery making assets to Textile Machinery Makers (TMM) in return for shares. Tweedales and Smalley were initially not partners of the TMM scheme but they joined later.

1948 Name plate. Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. Fielden’s Magazine Vol 4
  3. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  4. 1917 Worrall's Yorkshire Textile Directory Advert p12