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of Hanover Street Foundry, Preston, Lancs.
1835 Company established.
1896 Incorporated as a limited company.
1914 Loom and textile machinery manufacturers. Specialities: power looms for linen and cotton goods with all requisite machinery. Employees 2,000. 
"ATHERTON BROS. LTD., of Hanover Street Foundry, Preston, are exhibitors of their latest Patent High-Speed, Loose-Reed, Overpick Power Looms, which is fitted with jacquard. This loom is suitable for the weaving of all descriptions of fancy cloths, of either silk, cotton or other yarns.
The firm was established in the year 1835, by the late Mr. John Atherton, and during this long period of activity they must have supplied many thousands of looms, along with the necessary preparation machinery.
In Ireland, which is the principal country in the linen trade, it is stated practically two-thirds of the whole machinery engaged in the industry is of their make, and they inform us that there is no mill in the whole of Ireland but what has some of their machinery installed. In France and Belgium their products are equally as well known, and since the war, they have refitted many of the largest mills in these countries with their machinery. They are also suppliers of large quantities of weaving machinery to Italy, Denmark, Spain and other European countries. In India they have recently supplied to the India Office machinery for the use of natives. In Canada many of the large mills are fitted with their machinery, and at the present time they are engaged on looms for this country, and which looms are fitted with individual motors."