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John Smith of Village Foundry, Coven were general engineers and builders of road traction, portable and winding engines
1856/7 Developed an original form of traction engine with the boiler carried independently of the rest of the machinery
1858 Smith built for Fowler an under-drum ploughing engine which type continued in use for 40 years or more.
1862 Built steam locomotives for Fletcher, Solly and Urwick
1862 Built a 54 inch thrashing machine with a single fan to suck up grain
1866 Company founded.
Later built a further 20-30 railway steam locomotives
1874 The firm closed and the contents were auctioned off
1901 Private company. ???