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Ransomes, Head and Jefferies

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On view at Tiverton Museum
Name plate from Horse Rake.
Engine No 5137. Exhibit at Museum of East Anglian Life.
Engine No 5137. Exhibit at Museum of East Anglian Life.
Engine No 5137. Exhibit at Museum of East Anglian Life.

of Orwell Works, Ipswich. Agricultural Engineers.

Genealogy of the Company


1880 John Jefferies joined Ransomes, Sims and Head. Presumably at this point the name was changed to Ransomes, Head and Jefferies

1881 Advert for Steam Threshing Machinery [1]

1881 Announcement that the partners are Robert Charles Ransome, John Head, James Edward Ransome and John Jefferies. [2]

1881 John Head died

1882 20 hp portable engines made by Ransomes, Head and Jefferies were reported to be in use at the International Electrical Exhibition; the Electric Light and Power Generator Co used one to drive 2 Weston dynamos; the Electric Light and Engineering Co used another to drive a Siemens and a Gramme dynamo[3].

1882 Exhibit of haymakers and rakes, threshing machines, ploughs at Bath and West of England Show[4].

1884 The partners in the company were Robert Charles Ransome, James Edward Ransome, John Jefferies[5].

1884 In order to finance the ongoing expansion of the business, Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies Ltd was registered on 12 May, to acquire the business of the private company Ransomes, Head and Jefferies agricultural engineers[6][7].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Ipswich Journal, Saturday, January 1, 1881
  2. The Standard, Monday, January 03, 1881
  3. The Times, 9 January 1882
  4. The Times, 1 June 1882
  5. The Times, 15 May 1884
  6. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  7. The Times, 15 May 1884