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George Richards and Co

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June 1888. Automatic Cut-off Engine.
1891.
June 1898.
August 1899.
c.1900 side planing machine, which can be seen operating at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station
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1903. Combined shaper and planer.
1903. Side planer.
1905. Planing machine for turbine construction.
1905. Horizontal boring machine.
1905. Vertical milling machine.
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1913 Machine for boring the cylinders and valve pockets of Corliss-type cylinders for stationary steam engines
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1932. Boring Mill for Machining Propeller Bosses.
1933.Vertical Turning and Boring Mill.
1933. Single Purpose Boring Machine.
1936. Plain boring machine.
1936. Axle-box boring, facing and radiusing machine.
1939.
Vertical Milling Machine. Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.
Vertical boring mill at the South Devon Railway workshops, Buckfastleigh
1960.
1960.

George Richards and Co of Broadheath, Manchester were makers of Machine Tools and Line Shaft Fittings and Pulleys.

1880 Company founded by George Richards, an American, who established a factory (Atlantic Works) in City Road, Hulme, Manchester for building woodworking machinery, in partnership with Mr A Atkinson (probably E Atkinson - see Richards and Atkinson). Atkinson retired in 1885, by which time the company had moved to a new larger factory in Broadheath.[1]

1885 Private company.

1891 Released a series of 8 catalogues of their machine tools. [2]

1896 Taken over by Tilghmans but operated as a separate company

1911 Makers of Universal Facing, Boring, Drilling and Milling Machines. [3]

1911 Automatic lubricator for shafts. [4]

1914 Engineers. Specialities: side planing machines, boring and turning mills, facing and boring machines, drilling machines, radial drilling machines, pulleys and line. Employees 700 to 800. [5]

1920 Article on new taper boring head for Vertical Boring Mills in 'The Engineer'. [6]

1935 See George Richards and Co:1935 Review

1961 Engineers, specialising in boring and turning mills, slot drilling and key-seating machines, and side planing machines. [7]

1965 January: Was still in the red but the owners, Staveley Coal and Iron Co, expected further improvement[8]

1967 The foundry was closed as part of the rationalization of foundries in the machine tool division of Staveley Industries; Kearns had been given responsibility for horizontal table borers, into which factory Richards' production was moved[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. 'Famous for a Century' by Curtis Sparkes, published by Erika Sparkes, 2008
  2. The Engineer 1891/04/10
  3. Machine Tools by James Weir French in 2 vols. Published 1911 by Gresham
  4. The Engineer of 15th December 1911 p622
  5. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  6. The Engineer of 12th November 1920 p485
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. The Times , Jan 14, 1965
  9. The Times, Feb 20, 1968