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George Swift and Sons

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Lathe in use in Chennai, India in 2012.
February 1901.
January 1902.
1903. Boring and Facing Machine.
October 1912. Radial Drill.
1927. Locomotive Connecting - Rod Drilling Machine.
May 1950.
February 1959.
Craven-Swift lathe

George Swift of Claremont Ironworks, Halifax.

1900 Issued catalogue of machine tools including drillers, shaping and grinding machines, lathes. The works have just doubled in size.

1917 Advert as Machine Tool Makers.

1919 Advert as Machine Tool Makers.

1920 September. Exhibited at the Machine Tool and Engineering Exhibition at Olympia with machine tools.

1937 Machine tool manufacturers.

1956 Acquired by Asquith Machine Tool Corporation together with Swift-Summerskill of Sowerby Bridge[1]

1970 Part of Staveley Industries's Machine Tools Division, as Craven-Swift[2]

1970 Faced with continued losses in machine tools, the Craven-Swift Division was closed[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 27, 1956
  2. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Mar 03, 1970
  3. The Times, Aug 28, 1970