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Oxfordshire Steam Ploughing Co

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1868 Business founded by Walter Eddison and Richard Noddings.

At some point established works at Dorchester in Dorset - see Eddison Steam Rolling Co

1883 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership hereinfore subsisting between us the undersigned, Walter Eddison and Richard Noddings, carrying on business at Cowley, in the county of Oxford, as Steam Plough Proprietors and Cultivators and Machine Agents, under the style or firm of Eddison and Noddings and the Oxfordshire Steam Ploughing Company, expired and was dissolved...'[1]

1883 Jack Eddison bought out his partners in the business, which owned 14 sets of steam cultivators[2]

1887 A manager, John Allen, was brought to Oxford from the Dorchester works

1888 The partnership of Walter Eddison and John Edwin Eddison was dissolved.

1897 John Allen bought out Eddison; he concentrated the business on steam road-rolling rather than cultivation, which was a more lucrative business.

1900-1902 Alfred Douglas Mackenzie was general manager of the company at Cowley; the company was working 80 road locomotives[3]

1904 The proprietor was still John Allen

Presumably later became Oxford Steam Plough Co

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette Publication date:5 January 1883 Issue:25185 Page:97
  2. For Love of Country By Anthony Hill
  3. Mackenzie's I Mech E proposal