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of Water Lane and David Street, Leeds and London (1920)
Formerly Crabtree and Horsfield
1907 Plans were made to design and build a newspaper press as progress accelerated considerably.
WWI Business plans changed to produce munitions and it became necessary to extend the works.
1916 Water Lane works open and extended in 1917.
After the War newspaper printing machines resumed in production and more buildings were erected.
1920 The first press was produced.
1939 By now, the total site area of the Leeds works amounted to over seven acres.
During World War II the manufacture of all printing machines was restricted, except for those needed. A large number of lithographic machines was built for the Government for the producing of maps immediately behind the Front Line. They also produced complete tanks, tank components, guns, gun carriages, breech rings, breech blocks and aircraft parts.
1952 R. W. Crabtree and Sons (Canada) Ltd. was established.
1958 17th October. Visit by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Read the commemorative booklet here.
1961 General engineers and manufacturers of rotary newspaper and lithographic offset printing machines. 2,000 employees.