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Henry Bamford and Sons

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September 1902.
pre-1916.
1923.
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On view at Tiverton Museum
Bamford knife grinder at Westonzoyland Museum
Bamford chain pump at Glastonbury Museum of Rural Life
1892. Royal Mower.
Universal Crop Loader.
1892. Rapid Grinding Mill.
Rapid Grinding Mill, Bamfords Patent No. 60. Seen at Melinsey Mill.
Rapid Grinding Mill, Bamfords Patent No. 60.
Rapid Grinding Mill, Bamfords Patent No. 60.
Rapid Grinding Mill, Bamfords Patent No. 60.
1924. Chaff Cutter.
1929. Petrol engine.
Root Cutter.
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Advertising picture for hay-making machines.
Seen in Barbados.
Seen in Barbados.
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Pick-up baler for hay or straw.
Chaff cutter.
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January 1906.
1938.
September 1947.
1960's BL59 Baler.
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Oil Cake Breaker.
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1946 EG2. 2 hp, enclosed governor, serial no. 57288, crank no. 38573. 700rpm. Fairbanks Morse deep well pump.
1964. Land-Lord 55 combine harvester.
Model 7RTC.
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Exhibit at the Ceredigion Museum‎.
1930s. Pump 1P.
No 2 Saw bench.
Bamford Patent Rapid Grinding Mill No.0.
Bamford Patent Rapid Grinding Mill No.0.
Reaping Mowing No: 7.R. Exhibit at Whiteman Park, Perth.
Reaping Mowing No: 7.R. (Detail). Exhibit at Whiteman Park, Perth.
Potato Digger. Exhibit at Millicent Museum.
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No. 1689.
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Henry Bamford and Sons of Uttoxeter

Products

History
1871 Company founded by Henry Bamford and his son Samuel Bamford.

1871 Land on the south side of the town known as the Leighton district, close to the North Staffordshire Railway, was acquired, later to become the Leighton Ironworks.

1881 Employing 50 men, 10 boys and 3 women [1]

In 1881, the Bamford catalogue ran to forty pages and listed a complete range of “agricultural machinery, patent chain and lift pumps, etc.”

By 1883, the company had expanded considerably and had purchased the Lichfield Agricultural Co

1890 June. Royal Agricultural Society’s Disintegrator and Grist Mill Trials.

By 1891, it became necessary to obtain more factory space due to the increased demand for Bamford products.

1893 The Leighton Ironworks now covered an area of 10 acres and employed 400 people.

1894 Catalogue of Bamford's 'rapid' Grinding and Crushing Mills and Split Pulley. (H. Bamford and Sons)

1900 June. Royal Agricultural Show at York. Showed a self-feeding chaff cutter

1910 Horse drawn reaper exhibit[2]

1912 The erection of a new foundry at a cost of £70,000

1916 The business of Henry Bamford & Sons was converted into a Private Limited Company.

1920 Up until this date the company had only manufactured agricultural machinery but now they commenced making stationary engines field with the introduction of two horizontal oil engines of 2.5 and 5/6 b.h.p.

1931 500 people were now employed

1937 Manufacturers of diesel, petrol and paraffin engines.

1958 Became public company.

1961 Manufacturers of balers, mowers, side rakes, swath turners and haymaking machinery, manure spreaders, disc harrows, seed drills, root cutters and cleaners, mills, diesel, petrol and V.O. engines, lighting sets. 700 employees.

1968 Rejected take-over proposal from "rival family firm" J. C. Bamford (Excavators)[3]

The company went into liquidation a few years later.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. Museum of Country Life at Exmouth
  3. The Times, Feb 01, 1968