W. P. Butterfield
of Tank Works, Shipley, Yorkshire. Telephone: 581 (5 lines). Telegraphic Address: "Tanks, Shipley". (1937)
1864 Company established.
1917 Advert for Tanks, Cisterns and Cylinders. 
1919 Advert for Tanks, Cisterns and Cylinders. 
1925 Purchased the whole of the patterns and drawings of Concords, and was prepared to furnish duplicates of any machines purchased from the latter in the past of to supply spares for same.
1927 Patent - Improvements in and relating to ash bins or the like.
1931 Patent - Improvements in and relating to wringing machine stands.
1937 British Industries Fair Advert as Builders of Tanks, Tubs, Water Butts and Dust Bins. Cylinders and Cisterns. Galvanized Wash Tubs. Street Litter Bins. petrol and Oil Tanks. Wringer Stands. corrugated Rain Water Tanks. Air Receivers. Cattle Troughs. Coal Bunkers. (Hardware, Ironmongery and Brass foundry/Farm and Garden Equipment Section - Stand No. A.601) 
1937 Tank manufacturers. 
1953 Private company.
1959 Acquired Bradley and Co. Butterfield Group was a growing conglomerate.
1961 Engineers specialising in the manufacture of industrial plant, tanks, road tankers including underground storage tanks, water tanks, domestic holloware, dustbins and galvanized equipment for agriculture. 757 employees. 
1966 Merged with Shelvoke and Drewry of Letchworth, Hertfordshire.
Sources of Information
- Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p206
- Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p242
- The Engineer 1925/02/20
- 1937 British Industries Fair Advert p504; and p344
- 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
- 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
- The Times, Aug 31, 1964
- The Engineer 1966/09/02
- The Times, Jul 21, 1970