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William Barford

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William Barford (1832-1898) one of the founders of Barford and Perkins, the agricultural machinery manufacturers.

He evolved the “Roundabout” system of steam cultivation.[1]

c1860 Formed Amies and Barford with Thomas Amies.

1861 Living at Westgate Street, Peterborough (age 28 and born at Gayhurst, Bucks), Ironmonger. With wife Mary (age 26) and son William Thomas (age 9 months) and a servant. [2]

1871 Living at Westgate Street, Peterborough (age 38 and born at Gayhurst, Bucks), No trade or profession shown. With wife Mary (age 35) and Children William T. (age 11), James G. (age 10), Clara E. (age 3) and Mary G. (age 3 months) plus three servants. [3]

1881 Living at Gayhurst House, Lincoln Road, Peterborough (age 48 and born at Peterborough), Civil Engineer. With wife Mary (age 46) and children Marty Gertrude (age 11) plus three servants [4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Origin and Development of Aveling-Barford Ltd. (1952)
  2. 1861 Census
  3. 1871 Census
  4. 188 Census