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of Orwell Works, Ipswich. Agricultural Engineers
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.
1881 John Head died