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of Phoenix Iron Works, Stroud, Gloucestershire
1818 John Ferrabee established the business at Thrupp. He modified the mill and established an iron foundry known as the Phoenix Iron Works.
He produced cloth making machines, water wheels, agricultural machinery and steam engines.
In 1830, the first lawnmower was produced — the invention of a local mechanic, Edwin Budding with John Ferrabee financing the development and the patenting. An adjustable spanner invented by Budding was also produced.