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Dean, Smith and Grace

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Dean, Smith and Grace lathe in service at Brecon Mountain Railway workshop in Pant
Lathe in workshops at Dolaucothi Gold Mines
1899. A big shafting lathe.
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1900. Crank Shaft Lathe.
February 1901.
January 1902.
1902.
1904. High-speed 28 inch lathe.
1904. 12 inch lathe.
1904. 6 inch lathe.
1904. 28 inch headstock.
1904. 31 and 16 inch motor driven headstock.
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1924.
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1931. Electrically Driven Tool Room Lathe.
April 1947.
1948. Details of lathe drive.
1952 '17 x 36' Toolroom lathe
1955. Centre Lathe.
1955. Centre Lathe.[1]
1956.
Numerically controlled lathe.

Dean, Smith and Grace of Keighley were machine tool makers, renowned for their high quality lathes.

1855/65 Company founded.

1888 J. Dean and G. Ramsden left the partnership of Dean, Smith and Grace[2]; James Smith and and John Grace continued the company[3]

1900 Crank Shaft Lathe. Article and illustration in 'The Engineer'

1908 Made a larger version of the American Hartness lathe than the one made by Jones and Lamson Machine Co[4]

1908 Private company formed as Dean, Smith and Grace (1908) Ltd.

1911 12 inch Centre lathe.

1920 September. Exhibited at the Machine Tool and Engineering Exhibition at Olympia with a lathe designed for repetition work of a varied nature [5]

1923 Name changed.

1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history

1949 Death of Sir Harry Smith, managing director[6]

1961 Lathe makers. 700 employees [7]

1968 Numerical controlled lathe. (Dean, Smith and Grace) [8]

1995 Company in liquidation[9]



Lathe. Exhibit at Bradford Industrial Museum

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Sources of Information

  1. Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia. Volume VIII. Engineering. Oxford University Press, 1955
  2. The Times, Feb 25, 1888
  3. London Gazette 24 February 1888
  4. The Engineer 1908/10/23
  5. The Engineer of 1st October 1920 p332
  6. The Times, Nov 24, 1949
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. The Engineer of 21st June 1968 p979
  9. London Gazette 6 December 1995
  • Machine Tools by James Weir French in 2 vols. Published 1911 by Gresham
  • The Engineer of 13th July 1900 p47
  • The Engineer of 23rd November 1900 Supplement