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of Horsforth, Leeds, Telephone: Leeds, Horsforth 2582. Cables: "Sutcliffe Pressings, Horsforth, Leeds"
1885 The firm of Sutcliffe Pressings started producing domestic utensils and other sheet metal goods.
Later, tinplate safelights and trays for film developing processes were made before progressing to the production of a variety of oil cans.
1920 The company started to produce tinplate boats.
In 1932, Sutcliffe pioneered and produced boat hulls made from a single pressing as, prior to this, all boat hulls had been made in two halves and then soldered together. Most of the boats were produced using the 9 inch and 12 inch hull (approx. 23cm and 30cm) although other sizes were also made. As well as boats and submarines small metal pressings such as the metal box used to hold fire blankets, 'penny' loaf tins and a few other toys were made.
1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of "Sutcliffe" Mechanical Toy Boats, made of Sheet Metal, with Clockwork Mechanism. "Sutcliffe" "Midget" Oilcans for Lubricating Mechanical Toys and Models. (Olympia, 2nd Floor, Stand No. J.2248) 
1984 Toy production continued until the factory closed in 1984.