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Webster and Bennett

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1901. Double boring and turning mill.
1904. 30 inch Duplex boring mill and details.
February 1907.
March 1907.
April 1907.
April 1907.
July 1910.
December 1910.
January 1912.
November 1912.
January 1920.
February 1929.
1964. Boring and turning mill.
May 1969.

of Atlas Works, Coventry

Webster and Bennett of West Orchard, Coventry were makers of machine tools.

1887 Established as general engineers, formerly Webster and Howarth.

Soon afterwards began to manufacture machine-tools to meet the demands of the cycle industry.

Later developed high-grade machine-tools, specifically vertical boring and turning mills.

1900 Catalogue of machine tools. [1]

1906 Private company.

1911 Boring and turning mills.

1912 Machine tool makers of West Orchard; Ironfounders of Northey Road and Atlas Works, West Orchard [2]

1916 Vertical milling machine.

1924 Machine Tool Makers - Appointed Walter S. Lang and Co, 48, Oswald-street, Glasgow as their sole agents for Scotland for the sale of their products.[3]

1953 Webster and Bennett was jointly owned by John Brown and Co and Wickman Ltd.[4]

1961 Machine tool manufacturers, specialising in vertical boring and turning mills. 410 employees [5]

1982 Webster Bennett developed the new series T CNC vertical spindle boring and turning machine.[6]

1984 John Brown and Co sold the Coventry-based machine tool operations of Wickman Ltd and Webster and Bennett to a consortium headed by Ketlon Ltd who renamed the business Wickman Bennett. [7] [8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 18th May 1900 p527
  2. Spennell's Annual Directory of Coventry and District, 1912-13 p791 & p793
  3. The Engineer 1924/03/14
  4. The Times, 26 September 1953
  5. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  6. The Engineer 1982/08/26 and 1982/09/02
  7. The Times Jun 19, 1984
  8. Wickman Group website
  • Machine Tools by James Weir French in 2 vols. Published 1911 by Gresham