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Northern Manufacturing Co

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February 1911.
January 1920. Worm Drives.

Northern Manufacturing Co, makers of gears, of Gainsborough

1906 Rose Brothers established the company, on an adjacent site to their main works, to make gears for their cars; also supplied gears to other manufacturers. One of the early customers was Werner, Pfleiderer and Perkins

1914 Built rotational equipment for lighthouses, starting equipment for printing presses, cocoa machinery, paint pug mills.

Post-WWI William Rose sent one of his sons, Walter, to work at the company

1922 Walter died.

1930s Rose were approached by the Admiralty to make the Mk III predictor table for use on capital ships; Northern was said to be one of the few companies that could handle such intricate and high precision equipment. Followed by Mk IV.

1969 Closed.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • History of Rose Brothers [1]
  • History of Northern Manufacturing Co [2]