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of Prospect Iron Works, Lockwood, Huddersfield.
1850s Machinery business founded by William Whiteley (1820-1867), who had been a master cloth dresser
1861 Iron and brass foundry and machine maker, employing 71 men and 32 boys
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. 
1899 Advert. Return steam traps. 
1917 Advert. Mill machinery including rotary pressing machine etc. 
1932 Private company.
1932 Advert for sale of machine tools and a cupola to make room for other machinery, on instructions from the purchasers of the business of William Whiteley & Sons Ltd.
1938 Death of Joe Charlesworth, 'head of William Whiteley & Sons' in a road accident, aged 69.
1961 Textile and machine tool engineers, manufacturing mules and finishing machinery for the textile industry. 500 employees. 
Name Plaque seen at Dorset Steam Fair 2007.