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Farrar, Whitley and Co

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February 1892.
October 1892. Glassing Machine.

1892 Established by William Farrar and businessman John Whitley in the former premises of Henry Sugden and Sons in Bath Lane, Bramley.[1]

The new firm was the last of four engineering concerns in the Leeds area to specialise in machinery production for the leather trade. Along with the Haley's, the main competition came locally from B. & D. Wright of Meanwood and Joseph Hall & Co., of Kirkstall.[2]

1892 Their first advertisement was placed in the Leather Trades' Circular and Review in February of this year. Their products were listed as splitting machines, knife grinders, glassing and belt machines, tumblers, engines, boilers and drive shaft accessories.[3]

1892 October. The "Victory Patent" glassing machine was being introduced.

During the 1890s the firm introduced bark grinders, scouring machines, band knife splitters, and rolling machines into their machinery range and all under the "Victory" trade name.[4]

1898 The partnership was dissolved. William Farrar and John Whitley are presumed to have had a disagreement.[5]

Whitley continued to trade on his own behalf for a few years as John Whitley and Co from the Victoria Foundry and Farrar acquired a new associate.

Early in 1899, with his new partner, Smithson Young, William Farrar formed Farrar & Young and after taking temporary premises in Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, they moved to their new purpose-built factory in Elder Road, Bramley in May 1900.[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. Early Leather Trades' Engineers of Leeds, Part IV, Farrar, Whitley and Co and Farrar and Young by T. Lyons (Journal of the Society of Leather Technologists & Chemists (SLTC), Vol 73 (1989), pp160-163).
  2. Early Leather Trades' Engineers of Leeds, Part IV, Farrar, Whitley and Co and Farrar and Young by T. Lyons (Journal of the Society of Leather Technologists & Chemists (SLTC), Vol 73 (1989), pp160-163).
  3. Early Leather Trades' Engineers of Leeds, Part IV, Farrar, Whitley and Co and Farrar and Young by T. Lyons (Journal of the Society of Leather Technologists & Chemists (SLTC), Vol 73 (1989), pp160-163).
  4. Early Leather Trades' Engineers of Leeds, Part IV, Farrar, Whitley and Co and Farrar and Young by T. Lyons (Journal of the Society of Leather Technologists & Chemists (SLTC), Vol 73 (1989), pp160-163).
  5. Leather Trds' Rev., 1899, 32, p. XXI and p. XXIII
  6. 6 Leather Trds' Rev., 1900. 33, 373.