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1863. Carding engines.
1863. Machine for fluting rollers for spinning machines

Lord Bros of Todmorden

John Lord was a 'gifted mechanic' working for Fielden Brothers. In 1835 he left to establish his own engineering business - John Lord and Sons - with his seven sons and financial help from the Fieldens.[1]

1849 John Lord died

By 1854 some of the brothers - Thomas Lord, John Lord and Simeon Lord - had other occupations.

1855 Josiah Lord left the Partnership with Thomas Lord, Abraham Lord, and Edward Lord, carrying on business at Todmorden, within Langfield, in the parish of Halifax, in the county of York, as Machine Makers, and Cotton Spinners, and Manufacturers, under the style or firm of Lord, Brothers. Thomas Lord, Abraham Lord, and Edward Lord, carried on the business[2]

1863 Makers of textile machinery and machine tools.

1864 Abraham Lord left the Partnership with Thomas Lord, Edward Lord, and William Lord, carrying on business at Todmorden, as Machine Makers, and Cotton Spinners and Manufacturers, under the style or firm of Lord, Brothers. All debts would be handled by Thomas Lord, Edward Lord, and William Lord, who would carry on the said business on their own account.[3]

1875 Death of Edward Lord

1880 Dissolution of the Partnership between Sam Lord, of Leyland-road, Southport, John Elce, and Walter Lord, and John Lord and Sam Lord, of Cliff-villas, Todmorden, as Machine Makers, Cotton Spinners, and Manufacturers, under the style or firm of Lord Brothers, at Canal-street Works, Todmorden, Sam Lord, retiring, from the business, which would be carried by the remaining partners in conjunction with Mr. Will Lord, of Adamroyd, Todmorden[4]

1891 'Cotton machine makers'.

of Rocks Mill, Smallbridge, Rochdale.

1891 Directory (Rochdale): Listed as cotton spinners and manufacturers. More details


of Wood Top Mill, Burnley.

1891 Directory (Burnley): Listed as cotton spinners and manufacturers. More details


of Todmorden

1891 Directory (Todmorden): Listed as cotton spinners and manufacturers. More details

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Sources of Information

  1. 'Fieldens of Todmorden - A Nineteenth Century Business Dynasty' by Brian R. Law, Published by George Kelsall, 1995
  2. London Gazette 27 July 1855
  3. London Gazette 9 December 1864
  4. London Gazette 23 April 1880