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William Ayrton and Co of Gorebrook Ironworks, Longsight, Manchester
1870 Company founded.
formerly Shepherd and Ayrton
1929 Private company.
1936 Balling machines, card winders and thread spooling machines. 
1961 Manufacturers of textile winding machinery.