Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 132,989 pages of information and 210,214 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
George Richards and Co of Broadheath, Altrincham 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, Altrincham., also know as the Atlantic Works.
1885 Private company.
1886 George Richards and Co started to build patent universal horizontal surfacing, boring, milling, drilling and tapping machines under licence from Frank Pearn and Co. They were advertised jointly by Frank Pearn and Co and George Richards and Co. - Pearn-Richards
1891 Released a series of 8 catalogues of their machine tools. 
1896 Taken over by Tilghmans but operated as a separate company
1911 Makers of Universal Facing, Boring, Drilling and Milling Machines. 
1911 Automatic lubricator for shafts. 
By 1912, the company had confined its activities to the manufacture of high class machine tools including the Pearn-Richards patent universal horizontal surfacing, boring, miffing, drilling and tapping machines.
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. 
1920 Article on new taper boring head for Vertical Boring Mills in 'The Engineer'. 
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. 
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 - see Kearns-Richards