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Combe Barbour

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1938. Spinning and Erecting Departments.

of Falls Foundry, Hackling, Belfast

The Falls Foundry was one of the main foundries in Belfast.

1845 Company founded by a Scot, James Combe, and William Dunville, for the manufacture of machinery of equipment for the railways, which were expanding at the time.

By the 1850s the firm had moved into the textile machinery business and was making carding machinery for long staple flax fibres. Later making machinery for preparing, spinning, and twisting flax. Presumably James Combe and Co

1860 James Barbour became a partner.

1876 Abram Combe, son of James Combe, became a partner in Combe, Barbour and Combe on his father's death

For a period from about 1880 to the end of the first world war, the Falls foundry also made large steam engines as part of their service to mill owners.

1890 Became a limited company with James Barbour as Chairman and R. Ardill as a Director.

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