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Churchill Machine Tool Co

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1920s crankshaft grinding machine
February 1929.
August 1933.
August 1933.
August 1933.
August 1933.
1936. Universal grinding machine.
October 1945.
1946. Plain Grinding Machine with Electronic Controller.
March 1948.
July 1948.
March 1952.
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November 1954.
November 1957.

of Manchester. Factory initially in Salford, then moved to Pendleton, and finally to Broadheath.

1865 Charles Churchill and Co began trading as importers of engineering tools, primarily from the USA

1906 Churchill Machine Tool Co was established by Charles Churchill - a UK manufacturing company associated with Charles Churchill and Co with factory in Pendleton.

By June 1906 there were nearly 200 machine tools under construction at the factory and in 1907 around £5,000 was spent on enlarging the premises

1911 Listed as Churchill Machine Tool Co Ltd "engineers and manufacturers of machine and small tools" at 107 Frederick Road, Pendleton [1]

1918 The Churchill Machine Tool Co Ltd bought 11.5 acres of land at Broadheath, near Altrincham, from the Earl of Stamford and by 1920 the company had relocated all its production to that site,

1923 Company was in poor state; the board was changed with Arthur Chamberlain becoming chairman; much stricter financial management introduced; seems to have become a public company at this time[2]

1935 See Churchill Machine Tool Co:1935 Review

By 1937, the ordinary shares had not paid a dividend for 15 years. After the resumption of dividends, the shares were quoted on the Stock Exchange.

1937 Manufacturers of precision grinding machines. "Hydrauto" Automatic Wheelhead Spindle Bearing Adjustment. "Sizex" Grinding Gauge.[3]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1961 Machine tool makers, specialising in the manufacture of precision grinding machines. 1,200 employees. [4]

1961 The company was bought by BSA at a cost of £8.5 million and became known in legal terms, as BSA-Churchill Machine Tools Ltd

1966 Churchill merged in a joint-venture agreement with Alfred Herbert and became part of Herbert-BSA Ltd

1967 BSA-Churchill Machine Tools reverted to use of Churchill Machine Tool Co name[5]

1968 Internal grinding machine. Of Broadheath, Altrincham. [6]

1972 the Churchill factory in Broadheath was closed.

1973 The Churchill Machine Tool Co Ltd was put into members' voluntary liquidation on 25 October 1973 with several other companies in the Herbert group, including Burton, Griffiths and Co, Servomatic Hydraulics (Guildford), BSA Tools, BSA Branch Co, BSA Electrochemical Machines, I. L. Berridge and Co, B.G. Machinery[7]

1974 Churchill Machine Tools (Coventry) Ltd (company registration 00087969) was liquidated


Lathe. Exhibit at Bradford Industrial Museum

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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Slater's Manchester, Salford and Suburban Directory
  2. The Times, Mar 23, 1937
  3. * 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. The Times, Jul 10, 1967
  6. The Engineer 1968/07/05 p31
  7. The London Gazette 30 October 1973