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William Benson

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William Benson Ltd of Robin Hood Works, Robin Hood Street, Nottingham

1855 Company founded

Makers of machine tools, stationary steam engines, screw presses, Jacquard card punching machines, shafting, gearing, pulleys, hoists, pumps, malt crushers.

1963 Company closed. Site subsequently redeveloped and road layout altered.

  • All the above information comes from an excellent website which includes illustrations of the company’s products and a plan showing the layout of the works in the 1950s[1]
  • Illustrations and details of some Benson lathes and a small hand-powered shaping machine are shown on the website, which also includes a list of prestigious users of Benson lathes. A Benson lathe is installed on HMS Belfast [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1]Website concerning Benson’s history and products
  2. [2] website