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J. Sumner

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1890. The Sumner works in the Leyland village smithy.
1896. Sumner's Steam Driven Cycle.

Richard Sumner had a blacksmith business at The Old Smithy in Leyland. His son, James developed various vehicles including a steam waggon, a tricycle fitted with a small oil-fired boiler and a steam-driven lawnmower.

James Sumner formed the company with T. Coulthard and Co so they could continue trials of steam vehicles.

When the company moved to larger premises in Herbert Street, the Old Smithy was taken over by George Damp and Sons

Engaged in the manufacture of steam lawnmowers[1]

1896 Henry Spurrier (II) whose brother George Stretton Spurrier was involved with G. S. Spurrier and the Stott Company joined James Sumner in the business

Later the Coulthard interest in the business was taken over by Stott Co of Manchester, agricultural engineers (question whether this is strictly correct - Spurrier was a founding partner in Lancashire Steam Motor, and was involved in Stott and Co; Coulthard's continued to be involved in vehicles up to 1907).

1896 The company became the Lancashire Steam Motor Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Obituary of J H Toulmin
  • The First Fifty Years. Leyland Motors Ltd. Published 1946.