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Sir James Farmer Norton and Co

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1933. Duplex High Speed Wire Drawing Machine in Stringing up and Working Positions.
1933. Two Cone High Speed Wire Drawing Machine in Stringing Up and Working Position.
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1944. Rod Drawing, Straightening and Polishing Machine.
1949. Wire Drawing Machine.
Salford seems keen to obliterate evidence of its proud engineering history, but some of the rails of Sir James Farmer Norton's internal railway had survived (2010). Sadly, the old 'Brewery Tavern' did not. This was in Cleminson Street, behind the trees, and is shown on the 1848 O.S. map as 'Adelphi Street Brewery'


Sir James Farmer, Norton and Co. of Adelphi Street, Salford. The premises included the former Adelphi Iron Works, Salford. Maker of linoleum machinery


1852 Company founded as James Farmer and Sons.

1900 Numerous types of machines and vessels being produced for the textile finishing trades [1]

By 1917 William John Norton was MD

1922 Private company.

1961 Manufacturers of textile bleaching, dyeing and finishing machinery; bar and tube machinery; wire drawing machinery and rolling mills. 680 employees. [2]

Works buildings were located on both sides of Adelphi Street, between the Brewery Tavern and what is now the Mechanical Engineering Dept building of the University of Salford

The Salford works has been completely demolished, and the land is used as a car park (2011). Narrow gauge railway tracks are still present in the surviving floor

Now part of the Fletcher Engineering Group [3]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1]Finishing Processes for Cotton Fabrics by David G. Norton, Sir James Farmer Norton & Co., 1900
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  3. [2] Fletcher Engineering Group Ltd website