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James Fairbrother

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Crown Steel and Wire Mill, Attercliffe, Sheffield.

James Fairbrother started business in a small wire-drawing mill run by water power supplied by one of the many streams flowing into Sheffield. A second mill was established by Fairbrother on the banks of the River Don but it was literally washed out by the great Sheffield flood in 1864.

Three years later the business was transferred to the Crown Steel and Wire Works, Attercliffe, Sheffield.

1874 Acquired by Arthur Lee and Sons

1875 Patent. '650, To James Fairbrother, of Sheffield, in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for drawing or turning up and straightening paragon wire."'[1]

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Sources of Information

  • Obituary of Percy Lee