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Sir James Farmer & Sons of Adelphi Iron Works, Salford
1852 Company established - possibly Farmer and Broughton
1874 Supplied equipment for the new Ironworks for the King of Burmah, located on the Irrawaddy, about 12 miles from Mandalay. The main contractor, Claridge and Co, found it necessary to sub-contract significant parts of the plant to James Farmer and Sons. This seems surprising, given that Farmer & Co were better known for specialised textile machinery. Their supply included blast furnace blowing engines, a punching and rail straightening machine (see illustrations), blast furnace hoists, wire drawing and tube-making plant including furnaces, draw benches, straightening, screwing machines, etc. The wire-drawing and tube-making plant was powered by a pair of engines of 16" bore, 2 ft stroke, made by Farmer & Co 
1885 Gold medal for invention of machinery for treatment of town refuse
1895 Incorporated as a limited company.
1914 Engineers. Specialities: machinery for bleaching, dyeing and finishing cotton goods; linoleum and floor cloth machinery; copper and steel tube and wire drawing machinery. Employees 200. 
1917 Advert. Engineers and machinists to Calico printers, dyers, mercerisers, bleachers, finishers, embossers etc. 
By 1917 William John Norton was managing director
Later became Sir James Farmer, Norton and Co