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Joseph Burrell

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Joseph Burrell (1759–1831) was the founder of the firm that became Charles Burrell and Sons

He was in business by about 1790, repairing agricultural implements.

A few year later he was beginning to make implements

1803 At the annual Holkham sheep shearing, he exhibited a seed and manure drill of his own design.

1804 The following year he filed a patent for an improved threshing machine

In 1805 he showed a mowing machine at Holkham.

On these foundations the business run by the three Burrell brothers was able to develop.

1837 James Burrell managed the business alone after his two elder brothers died, and on his death in 1837 control passed to his second son, Charles Burrell aged only twenty


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