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W. J. Bates and Co of Victoria Ironworks, Denton, Manchester
1897 Company founded.
1900 June. Royal Agricultural Show at York. Showed a new oil engine 
1917 Advert for gas engines 
1919 Advert for gas engines 
Became Bates and Scholes.
1922 Patent No. 180,800 'Improvements in Oil Engines' issued to Walter Nevill Scholes and Herbert Reed Hall of Victoria Works, Denton