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Howard and Bullough

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1864.James Bullough.
Model of a Howard & Bullough carding machine at the Musee des Arts et Metiers. Model c.1890 by Digeon of Paris.
1902. Exhibit at Trencherfield Mill
1902. Exhibit at Trencherfield Mill
1931. Flat Carding Machine.
Spinning frame at Quarry Bank Mill
Cylinder sizing machine at Queen Street Mill Museum. This applies size to stiffen warp threads prior to weaving cotton cloth
Cylinder sizing machine at Queen Street Mill Museum

of Globe Works, Accrington.

1853 Company founded

1856 James Bullough joined John Howard in a textile machinery business at Accrington.

An impressive 1/3 scale model of a Howard & Bullough carding machine (carde à chapeaux chaînés) is on display at the Musee des Arts et Metiers. The model was made c.1890 by Digeon of Paris. See photo.

1891 John Bullough, of Howard and Bullough in Accrington, died. Three of the company's executives decided to set up business on their own. Brothers Edmund and Samuel Tweedale and Joseph Smalley each put £10,000 into the venture which became Tweedales and Smalley.

1894 The Howard and Bullough company was registered on 30 June, to acquire the cotton-spinning and other machine manufacturing business formerly carried on by a firm, but more recently by a private company, of the same name as that now used. [1]

1901 Drawing Frame. Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry.

1914 Makers of cotton spinning and manufacturing machines. Specialities: cotton spinning and weaving preparatory machines. [2]

1919 Cylinder sizing machine. Exhibit at Queen Street Mill Museum.

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

1931 Private company. Howard and Bullough, Platt Brothers, Brooks and Doxey, Asa Lees and Co, 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.

1931 'ACCRINGTON Corporation is to have an opportunity of giving a practical test to a new method of road construction with the iron tiles upon which Howard and Bullough, Ltd., engineers, are specialising. Many claims are made for cast iron roadways, including durability and stability, non-skid surface, traffic noise and vibration reduction, and low cost of construction. The blocks being produced by Howard and Bullough are in the shape of an equilateral triangle, each side being ll 1/2in. in length, and each block weighing about 10 1/2 lb. They are laid on concrete, and bitumen placed between the joints allows for the expansion and contraction.'[3]

1936 Gyratory patent spindle for textile makers. [4]

By 1959 was a subsidiary of Stone-Platt Industries[5]

1961 Textile machinery manufacturers. 3,050 employees. [6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 19088
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. [1] The Engineer, 20 Nov 1931
  4. The Textile Manufacturer Year Book 1936. Published by Emmott and Co. Advert on p62
  5. The Times June 3, 1959
  6. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE