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Butler Machine Tool Co

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Shaping machine at Calderdale Industrial Museum
Butler planing machine at Calderdale Industrial Museum
February 1929.
1932. Open Sided Palning Machine.
1933. New Tool Room Slotting Machine.
1933. The General Purpose Crank Shaper.
1933. The Butler 24in Stroke Axle Box Planer.
1948. Shaper.
May 1950.
January 1953.
1955. Planing machine.

of Victoria Iron works, Adelaide Street, and Mile Thorn, Halifax

Founded by James Ryder Butler who was an apprentice engineer at the Dean Clough Mills in the 1850s.

1868 J. Butler and Co was founded by James Butler.[1]

By 1872 he had changed from making textile machinery to machine tools.

1876 The partnership between George Dennis and James Butler, machine tool makers of Halifax, was dissolved[2] (or this was on 1879 according to the obituary of James Butler).

1880 Butlers moved into premises on Adelaide Street, Halifax which included a foundry.

1917 The larger Mile Thorn Works opened a short distance away, in addition to the Adelaide Street works. This company made a wide range of machines including lathes and planing machines.

1919 Private company incorporated[3] which acquired J. Butler and Co; Harold Butler, son of the founder, was chairman and managing director.

Member of the Associated British Machine Tool Makers Ltd

1936 Extension at Mile Thorn

1937 Public company incorporated to acquire the business and assets of the private company of similar name with Haorld Butler and several other Butlers as directors[4]

1961 Machine tool makers specialising in planing, slotting and shaping machines ranging from 2/10 tons and heavy machines up to 150 tons. [5]

Early 1960s recession in the machine tool industry, especially the heavy machines used by shipbuilding and other heavy industries

1966 Acquired by B. Elliott and Co which aimed to grow to a size comparable with other machine tool groups[6]

1968 Plano-milling machine. [7]

1972 Received support for a project from government programme for the machine tool industry [8]

By 1974 the company was reporting its results separately, described as part of the B. Elliott Group.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] Halifax Today
  1. The Times, Jan 21, 1937
  2. The Huddersfield Daily Chronicle, January 17, 1876
  3. The Times, Dec 30, 1919
  4. The Times, Jan 21, 1937
  5. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  6. The Times, Apr 28, 1966
  7. The Engineer of 16th August 1968 p258
  8. The Times, Mar 15, 1972