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Barford and Perkins

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Name plate.
1895 Barford & Perkins manual lever hay press at Bicton Countryside Museum.
Scarifier. Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.
April 1903.
1907.Motor Roller.
1913. D3 Steam Roller. 14 hp. No D005.
1913. "Godiva".
Dec 1921.
Dec 1921.
February 1922.
1931. 8 ton motor roller.
1933. Petrol Driven Motor Roller and Hand Guided Motor Roller.
1933. Victor Roller.
1933. 10 Ton Motor Roller .
1947. Atom Tractor.
1947. Atom tractor with hoe blades.
2013. Barford and Perkins Roller.
Barford and Perkins water ballast garden roller.
Barford and Perkins water ballast garden roller (detail).
Barford and Perkins water ballast garden roller (detail).

Barford and Perkins of Peterborough made petrol rollers based on their well established range of horse-drawn rollers

Company formed after the end of Amies and Barford in 1872.

1870 The original pattern Barford & Perkins Mill took the first prize at the Royal Show in 1870. [1]

1871 October 18th. Queen Street Iron Works in Peterborough bought by William Barford and Thomas Perkins, who had been some of the partners in the predecessor company, for £2,000.

1876 Exhibitor at the Royal Agricultural Show at Birmingham with ploughing tackle. Use engines from Savage Brothers. Listed as 'Barford and Perkins' of Grantham. [2]

c. 1884 Small vertical steam engines were manufactured.[3]

1887 The first self-propelled steam road rollers were made.[4]

1888 Water ballast Steam roller. Illustration and article. [5]

1889 Exhibited in the 1889 Royal Agricultural Show.

1890 June. Royal Agricultural Society’s Disintegrator and Grist Mill Trials. [6]

1894 June. Royal Agricultural Society's Show. Straw and hay press. [7].

1898 On the death of William Barford in 1898, Mr. Thomas Perkins succeeded him as head of the firm.[8]

1903 Sent out many specialties to South Africa, including steam ploughing machinery.[9]

1904 Introduced petrol and paraffin rollers into their product range.

1904 When Thomas Perkins passed away, James Golby Barford became chairman of the company and shared with J. E. S. Perkins responsibility for the direction of the business.[10]

1911 Business became a private limited liability company.[11]

1911 Royal Agricultural Show. Water-ballast motor mower. [12]

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Paraffin Commercial and Agricultural Motors, Tractors, Ploughs, Sprayers, etc. see the 1917 Red Book

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Petrol Motor Commercial Vehicles see the 1917 Red Book

1920 Jan. Issued leaflet on motor rollers [13]

1920 Showed the application of the internal combustion engine to road rollers at the Darlington Agricultural Show [14]

1923 Started manufaturing dairy equipment in collaboration with the founder of the National Institute for Research in Dairying.[15]

1920 Became part of Agricultural and General Engineers

1927 Introduced diesel rollers

1934 Merged with Aveling and Porter to become Aveling-Barford

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Origin and Development of Aveling-Barford Ltd. (1952)
  2. The Engineer of 21st July 1876 p58
  3. The Origin and Development of Aveling-Barford Ltd. (1952)
  4. The Origin and Development of Aveling-Barford Ltd. (1952)
  5. The Engineer of 22nd June 1888 p500
  6. The Engineer of 27th June 1890 p521
  7. The Engineer of 29th June 1894 p562
  8. The Origin and Development of Aveling-Barford Ltd. (1952)
  9. The Engineer 1903/06/19, p 634.
  10. The Origin and Development of Aveling-Barford Ltd. (1952)
  11. The Origin and Development of Aveling-Barford Ltd. (1952)
  12. The Engineer of 7th July 1911 p27
  13. The Engineer of 9th Jan 1920 p53
  14. The Engineer of 9th July 1920 p583
  15. Aveling-Barford pamphlet dated 1952
  • Steam Engine Builders of Lincolnshire by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1955 by Goose and Son