Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

D. Mitchell and Co

From Graces Guide
1905

1892 PARTNERSHIP his been dissolved between Messrs. Mitchell and Whitaker, machine-tool makers, Lawkholme-in-Keighley[1]

1896 Partnership dissolved: Mitchell and Holmes, machine tool makers, Lowkholme [2]

D Mitchell & Co of Central Iron Works, Lawkholme, and Parsonage Works, Keighley, Yorks

1905 Makers of lathes, radial arm drilling machines, shaping and slotting machines, saw benches.

1937 Machine tool manufacturers. [3]

1950 'A Keighley tool firm is taken over. Formed almost a century ago, the machine tool firm of Darling and Sellers Ltd., Airedale Works, Lawkholme Lane, Keighley, has been taken over jointly by D. Mitchell and Co., Ltd., Central Ironworks. Parson Street, Keighley, and Rushworth and Co., engineers, of Sowerby Bridge. In its early days, Darling and Sellers produced metal working machines of all types and was registered as a limited company in 1896. Until 1935 the firm produced a comprehensive range of machine tools, including lathes, planers, plano-millers, spur and bevel gear cutters, radial drills and moulding machines. During the last war output was concentrated on tools for Britain's ordnance factories and in more recent years the firm has specialised in high-class centre lathes, which find a ready home and export markets.
CENTRE LATHES EXPANSION
Following completion of existing commitments, production of the "Mitchell" 10 1/2in. and 16 1/2in. centre lathes is to be stepped-up, which will mean doubling the existing staff. New plant is already being installed while the factory is to be modernised and will include a canteen and other welfare amenities.
The newly-appointed directors are Messrs. P. Leslie Crabtree. John W. Rushworth, C. Donald Rushworth and Sidney Wilson.'[4]

1967 Taken over by B. Elliott and Co.

People

1926 'KEIGHLEY DIRECIOR MARRIED. The wedding took place, at Riddlesden Church, Keighley, yesterday of Mr. Percy Leslie Crabtree, only son of Mr. and Mrs. James Crabtree, of Browmead, Riddlesden, and Miss Audrey Grayson Mann, only daughter of Mr. B. W. Mann, of Woodbine Cottage, Keighley. The bridegroom is a director of the firm of D. Mitchell and Co. Ltd., machine tool makers. Central Ironworks, Keighley.'[5]

1937 'KEIGHLEY DIRECTOR'S DEATH. Mr. James Crabtree, of Browmead, Riddlesden, Keighley, who has died at the age of 71, was managing director of D. Mitchell and Co., Ltd., machine tool makers, Parson Street, Keighley. Formerly he represented the machine tool section on the Keighley committee of the Engineering Employers’ Federation, and he was president of Keighley Association of Engineers for about three years during the War period. A Freemason, Mr. Crabtree was Past Master of the Scientific Lodge, Bingley. He leaves a widow, a son and a daughter.'[6]



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Sources of Information

  1. Nelson Chronicle, Colne Observer and Clitheroe Division News, 8 April 1892
  2. Yorkshire Gazette - Saturday 31 October 1896
  3. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  4. Bradford Observer - Saturday 18 November 1950
  5. Leeds Mercury - Friday 11 June 1926
  6. Leeds Mercury - Tuesday 28 December 1937