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Picksley, Sims and Co

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1876. From Worrall’s Directory of Warrington, Wigan etc.
Basil Chambers, Manchester: cast iron frontage (at the back of the building!)....
.....evidently made by Picksley, Sims

Picksley, Sims and Co of Bedford Foundry, Leigh and Bank Parade, Salford

Picksley, Sims & Co were best known in the 1870s for their harvesting machinery for corn and hay.

They also produced barn machinery and field implements, garden tools and lawn mowers, and general iron foundry work.

1862 Catalogue here.

1866 Death by drowning of John Sims, eldest son of Reuben Sims, in the River Ribble (the company had a branch in Preston).[1]

1867 Won a prize for horse-powered chaff cutters at the Royal Agricultural Society's meeting[2]

1875 Exhibitor at the Bath and West of England Society's Show at Croydon. [3]

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Agricultural machinery. Threshing machine and various engines.

1894 June. Royal Agricultural Society's Show. Chaff Cutter.

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Awarded Silver Medal for Large Mechanical Constructions

They were taken over by Harrison, McGregor and Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. Oxford Journal - Saturday 25 August 1866
  2. The Times, Jul 18, 1867
  3. The Engineer 1875/06/04