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Huxham and Browns

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Bark Breaker.

Tanner's engineers of Commercial Road, Exeter.

Also see Exeter Iron Co

Previously Huxhams and Brown when several Huxhams were involved in the partnership.

1881 Exhibited at the Leather Trades Exhibition in Glasgow[1]

1883 Huxham and Browns, mechanical engineers[2]

Thomas Haley and Co of Leeds supplied light leather and finishing machinery through Huxham and Browns who acted as agents for Haley's machinery, supplying orders for a range of machinery they did not manufacture themselves."[3]

1889 Charles Huxham died

1889 Took legal action against Joseph Hall and Co of Leeds to restrain them from printing, publishing or circulating any catalogue containing illustrations copied from the copyright illustrations contained in their catalogue.[4]

By 1891 Charles Armitage Brown and Edward Vavasour Brown were recorded as employers and presumably running the business with their father, James; they described themselves as steam engine manufacturers[5]

1892 On behalf of the company, a letter was written to "The Times" about the high cost of experts giving evidence in Court[6]

1928 Acquired by Edward Wilson and Son.[7]

1929 Business sale. 'Large and Valuable MACHINERY AND PLANT at the Foundry lately carried on by Messrs. Huxham and Browns, including:— 2 Column Drills, 24in stroke Shaping Machine, Radial Drill FIVE SCREW-CUTTING LATHES and Accessories, Planing Machine, 6 h.p. LEY GAS ENGINE, Steel Shafting, NEW. ELECTRIC FAN and DYNAMO, h.p. B.T.H. Electric Motor, LARGE QUANTITY STEEL,TRAMWAY RAILS and 2 IRON TROLLEYS for same LARGE HOISTING CRANE, Endless Chains and Blocks Vices, Mandrill and Swage Block Pulley Wheels, OVER 2 TONS 1 BOLTS NUTS and SCREWS, Quantity SPANNERS, DRILLS, and TOOLS, Several; Thousand Feet of 9in. BOARD, FIREWOOD. HYDRAULIC GAUGES, Lifting Jacks, Steel Plates, Bar Iron, Steel, and Large Quantity of other Miscellaneous TOOLS and Effects. On VIEW Monday, Nov. 25th, from 11 o/c CATALOGUES. - EXETER. HERBERT FULFORD & CO. are favoured with instructions to SELL by AUCTION at the Bude Hotel, Exeter, on TUESDAY, December 3rd, at 4 p.m. (subject to conditions) the Substantially-Built FREEHOLD PROPERTY in COMMERCIAL ROAD, for many years in the occupation of Messrs. Huxham and Browns, Important foundry. The Premises have a prominent Frontage on Commercial Road, with GROUND FLOOR SPACE about 15,430 Sq. Ft., and are eminently adapted for a FACTORY, GARAGE, or any Business requiring a large amount Ground Space'[8]

1930 announcement. 'Messrs. J. L. Thomas and Co., Ltd., Exeter, have acquired Messrs. Huxham and Brown's engineering in Commercial road, and at a future date will be transferring their office staff and showrooms in connexion with their wholesale trade to that address. Messrs. J. L. Thomas and Co., Ltd.'s, works are also situated within few yards the new premises, which will have the advantage the consolidation of the two staffs.'[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. Glasgow Herald June 9, 1881
  2. 1883 Kelly's directory
  3. Early Leather Trades' Engineers of Leeds, Part III. Joseph Hall and Co by T. Lyons (Journal of the Society of Leather Technologists & Chemists (SLTC), Vol 73 (1989), pp131-135).
  4. Leather Trades' Circ. and Review, 1890. 23, 262.
  5. 1891 census
  6. The Times, Jan 06, 1892
  7. Leather Trds' Rev., 1928, 61,813.
  8. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 15 November 1929
  9. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 19 June 1930