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Powis, James and Co

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Powis, James and Co of Victoria Works, Vine Street, York Road, Lambeth.

Makers of woodworking machinery

1853 Patent. '608 To John Powis and Jabus Stanley James, both of Watling-street, in the city of London, Wholesale Ironmongers, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for slotting, tenoning, morticing, grooving, drilling, boring, and vertical planing."'[1]

1853 Patent Slotting, Grooving and Mortising Machine.[2]

1861 Employing 35 men and 10 boys.[3]

1864 Patent. '2608. To Henry Wilson, Manager for Messieurs Powis, James, and Company, of Victoria Works, Blackfriars-road, in the county of Surrey, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for moulding and planing wood."'[4]

1864 Patent. '2874. To Henry Wilson, Manager for Messieurs Powis, James, and Company, of Victoria Works, Blackfriars-road, in the county of Surrey, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for sawing, adzing, and boring holes in sleepers for railways."'[5]

1864 Patent. '2875. And to Henry Wilson, Manager for Messieurs Powis, James, and Company, of Victoria Works, Blackfriars-road, in the county of Surrey, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for moulding and planing, wood."'[6]

1866 Patent. '598. To Henry Wilson, Manager to Powis, James, and Company, of Victoria Works, Belvedere-road, Lambeth, in the county of Surrey, Engineers, for the invention of "improvements in sawing machinery."[7]

1866 Court judgment against George Croft '...to satisfy a debt of £67 0s. 2d., claimed of you by John Powis and Jabus Stanley James, of No. 26, Watling-street, in the city of London, Merchants and Ironmongers...'[8]

1870 Patent. '246. To Jabus Stanley James, of the firm of Powis, James, and Company, of Victoria Works, Belvedere-road, Lambeth, in the county of Surrey, and Henry Wilson, of the same place, Manager to the said firm, for the invention of "improvements in machines for putting together the parts of cart and other wheels." [9]

1870 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, John Powis and Jabus Stanley James, carrying on business at Lambeth, in the county of Surrey, has been dissolved by mutual consent...'[10]

1871 Patent. '616. To Charles Robert Western, of the firm of Powis, James, and Company, of Victoria Works, Belvedere-road, Lambeth, in the county of Surrey, Engineers, for the invention of "improvements in and in machinery for the manufacture of boxes or receptacles tor matches or other articles, and in machinery for turning rods of wood for the manufacture of such boxes or receptacles, or for other purposes."'[11]

1871 Employing about 100 hands [12]

1872 Partnership change. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Jabus Stanley James, Edward Arnold, Charles Robert Western, and James Alston Carfrae, as Mechanical Engineers, under the firm of Powis, James, and Company, at Victoria Works, Vine-street, Lambeth, in the county of Surrey, has been dissolved, as from the 20th day of December, 1871. by mutual consent, so far as regards the said Edward Arnold and that the same business will in future be carried on by the said Jabus Stanley James, Charles Robert Western, and James Alston Carfrae alone, at Victoria Works ...'[13]

1873 Patent. '613. To Charles Robert Western of the Victoria Works, Belvidere-road, Lambeth, in the county of Surrey, for "the invention of improvements in band saws."'[14]

1873 Patent. '2089. To Charles Robert Western, of Victoria Works, Belvedere-road, Lambeth, in the county of Surrey, for the invention of "improvements in apparatus for planing, tonguing, and grooving wood, more particularly applicable in the preparation of parquet flooring."'[15]

1873 Patent. '3203. To Charles Robert Western and Joseph Hamilton, both of the Victoria Works, Belvidere-road, Lambeth, in the county of Surrey, for the invention of "improvements in band saw machines."'[16]

1874 Patent Voided. '616. Charles Robert Western, of the firm of Powis James and Company, of Victoria Works, Belvedere-road, Lambeth, in the county of Surrey, Engineers, for an invention of "improvements in, and in machinery for the manufacture of boxes or receptacles for matches or other articles, and in machinery for turning rods of wood for the manufacture of such boxes or receptacles, or for other purposes." —Dated 8th March, 1871.'[17]

c1875 Became Powis, James, Western and Co.

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