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William Whiteley and Sons

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July 1895.
1903. 150kW Dynamo.
October 1912.
February 1913.
Wm Whiteley spinning mule at the National Wool Museum
Wm Whiteley rolling and folding machine at the National Wool Museum

of Prospect Iron Works, Lockwood, Huddersfield.

Note: 1852 reference to Lockwood Ironworks: 'TO be SOLD by PRIVATE CONTRACT, Eight-horse Condensing STEAM ENGINE, in good working condition. May be seen any day previous to its being taken out to make room for a larger. For further particulars apply John H. Carter, Engineer, Lockwood Iron-works, near Huddersfield.'[1]

1850s Machinery business founded by William Whiteley (1820-1867), who had been a master cloth dresser[2]

1861 Iron and brass foundry and machine maker, employing 71 men and 32 boys[3]

1867 William died. Three of his sons, Joe, Charles and William, took over the business.

1891 Makers of Tentering and Drying Machines and Return Steam Traps. [4]

1899 Advert. Return steam traps. [5]

1917 Advert. Mill machinery including rotary pressing machine etc. [6]

1932 Private company.

1961 Textile and machine tool engineers, manufacturing mules and finishing machinery for the textile industry. 500 employees. [7]

Name plate. ('incorporating J. Charlesworth'). Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.

Name Plaque seen at Dorset Steam Fair 2007.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Huddersfield and Holmfirth Examiner - Saturday 29 May 1852
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  4. 1891 Worrall's Cotton Spinners Directory
  5. Mechanical World Year Book 1899. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p11
  6. 1917 Worrall's Yorkshire Textile Directory Advert p156
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE