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Ransomes, Sims and Head

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1869. Haymaker and Horse-Rake at the Manchester Show.
April 1870.
1871. Head and Thomsons' Farm Steamer.
1871. Farm steamer.
June 1872.
1873. Straw Burning Portable Engine at The Vienna Exhibition.
1876. Three-Furrow Plough.
1878. 6 hp traction engine exhibited at the 1878 Paris Exhibition.

of Orwell Works, Ipswich. Agricultural Engineers

Genealogy of the Company


1869 Ransomes and Sims became Ransomes, Sims and Head

1869 Four engineers J. A. Ransome, R. J. Ransome, R. C. Rapier and A. A. Bennett left the company by agreement to establish a new company, Ransomes and Rapier, on a site on the River Orwell to continue the business of railway equipment and other heavy works.

1871 The manufacture of their food-preparing machines was taken over by R. Hunt and Co, of Earls Colne, which allowed room for the expansion of the main sections of the business.

1872 A lawnmower works was opened.

1877 Trademarks were registered for the company, which at that time was known as Ransomes, Sims and Head of Orwell Works, Ipswich.

1877 Exhibitor at 1877 Royal Agricultural Show.[1].

1880 Around this time the name was changed to Ransomes, Head and Jefferies and presumably John Jefferies became a partner

1881 John Head died

1884 Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies was registered on 12 May, to acquire the business of Ransomes, Head and Jefferies agricultural engineers[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1877/07/13
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908