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of Ironside Works, Guildford; of Ryles Mill, Guildford (1909); of Rhide Works, Guildford; of Wood Street, Guildford, Surrey.

Makers of machine tools (lathes, shapers, drilling, and gear-cutting machines), 'Willing Worker' lawn mowers.

1902 Private company. Started making lathes designed by Arthur Drummond.

1913 April. Advert for lathe for re-bushing of engine bearings. Address is Auto Machine Tool Works in Guildford. [1]

1918 Produced the 'Willing Worker' 3 hp petrol engine.

1920 September. Exhibited at the Machine Tool and Engineering Exhibition at Olympia with a 3.5in lathe. [2]

1922 Directors: Arthur Drummond, G. H. Hickman, Mrs. M. M. Russell, E. M. Griffiths and A. W. Griffiths. Secretary: J. Eustace.

Interesting snippets from Directors' Minutes Meeting Book to 1923 here.

1948 Company made public.

1953 Acquired by William Asquith[3]

1961 Precision engineers and manufacturers of multi-tool lathes and gear shaping machines. [4]

Good summary of the company's history here [5]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar of 5th April 1913 p621
  2. The Engineer 1920/10/01 p332
  3. The Times, Jan 25, 1955
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. [1] Exploring Surrey's Past website: Drummond Brothers Ltd, Lathe And Machine Tool Makers Of Rydes Hill, Guildford: Records