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James Farmer and Sons

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1874 Blowing engine for Burma
1874 Blowing engine for Burma
Lancashire beetling machine, from 'Finishing Processes for Cotton Fabrics' by David G Norton, publ. Sir James Farmer Norton & Co Ltd, 1900
1917. From Worrall’s Yorkshire Textile Directory

Sir James Farmer & Sons of Adelphi Iron Works, Salford

See James Farmer and his sons Andrew William Farmer and James Salter Farmer

1852 Company established - possibly Farmer and Broughton

1869 Dissolution of the Partnership between James Farmer and James Broughton, as Millwrights and Engineers, at the Adelphi-street Iron Works, in Salford, in the county of Lancaster, under the style or firm of Farmer and Broughton[1]

1874 Supplied equipment for the new Ironworks for the King of Burmah, located on the Irrawaddy, about 12 miles from Mandalay. The main contractor, Claridge and Co, found it necessary to sub-contract significant parts of the plant to James Farmer and Sons. This seems surprising, given that Farmer & Co were better known for specialised textile machinery. Their supply included blast furnace blowing engines, a punching and rail straightening machine (see illustrations), blast furnace hoists, wire drawing and tube-making plant including furnaces, draw benches, straightening, screwing machines, etc. The wire-drawing and tube-making plant was powered by a pair of engines of 16" bore, 2 ft stroke, made by Farmer & Co [2]

1885 Gold medal for invention of machinery for treatment of town refuse

1894 Sir James Farmer and Sons was wound up voluntarily. Andrew W. Farmer was Chairman of the meeting[3]

1895 Incorporated as a limited company.

1900 Numerous types of machines and vessels being produced for the textile finishing trades [4]

1914 Engineers. Specialities: machinery for bleaching, dyeing and finishing cotton goods; linoleum and floor cloth machinery; copper and steel tube and wire drawing machinery. Employees 200. [5]

1917 Advert. Engineers and machinists to Calico printers, dyers, mercerisers, bleachers, finishers, embossers etc. [6]

By 1917 William John Norton was managing director

1922 An Extraordinary General Meeting of Sir James Farmer and Sons, held at High Royd, Honley, near Huddersfield, decided to sell the business of the Company to a new Company, and that with a view thereto the Company was wound up voluntarily; George Newbery, of Adelphi Iron Works, Salford, near Manchester, Secretary to the Company was appointed liquidator. George P. Norton was Chairman of the meeting.[7]

Subsequently became Sir James Farmer, Norton and Co

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 5 Oct 1869
  2. 'Engineering' magazine 18th and 25th December 1874
  3. London Gazette 23 Oct 1894
  4. [1]Finishing Processes for Cotton Fabrics by David G. Norton, Sir James Farmer Norton & Co., 1900
  5. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  6. Directory 1917 Worrall's Yorkshire Textile Advert p236
  7. London Gazette 10 March 1922