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William Johnson

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January 1888.
1893. Coal and Coke Breeze Briquette Machine.
1895. Dry press brick machine.

William Johnson of Castleton Foundry, Armley, Leeds, designers and manufacturers of brick, tile and briquette making machinery.

1860 William Johnson, having designed brick-making machinery which was more reliable than that then available, responded to demand and began making the machinery for sale.

1894 Combination Pug Mill and Brick and Tile-making machine. Illustration.

1894 Released a catalogue.

1896 One of Johnson's sons joined the business and a private company was formed.

1899 Partnership change. '... us the undersigned, William Johnson and Walter Wroe Johnson, carrying on business as Engineers, at Castleton Foundry, Armley, in the city of Leeds, under the style or firm of William Johnson and Sons, has been dissolved as and from the tenth day of September, 1899. All debts due to and owing by the late firm will be received and paid by the said William Johnson who will continue to carry on the said business alone under the said style or firm of William Johnson and Sons...'[1]

1900 His two youngest sons (Walter Wroe Johnson and Frederic Augustus Johnson) purchased William's interests and formed William Johnson and Sons (Leeds) Ltd.

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