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Peter Fairbairn and Co

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1859. Combing machinery.
Machine for milling milling cutters, on display at the Musée des Arts et Métiers. The machine was shown at the 1862 London exhibition

of Wellington Foundry, Leeds.

1828 Company formed by Peter Fairbairn, maker of the first flax-spinning machine. Foreseeing the textile developments that took place in Yorkshire, he had come to Leeds and started a business that grew into the large Wellington Foundry.

1834 Listed as machine maker of Wellington Foundry, Wellington Street, Leeds. His house is at 1 Blundell Place. [1]

1847 Flax spreading machine and others [2]

1840s Thomas Greenwood became manager of the Wellington Foundry, Leeds

Greenwood, Fairbairn and John Batley formed Fairbairn, Greenwood and Batley.

1860 Peter's son Andrew was taken into partnership

1861 Peter died and Andrew took sole charge of the business

1862 Exhibited various lathes, boring machines, etc

1863 Andrew brought his cousin, Mr. T. S. Kennedy, into partnership, as well as Mr. J. W. Naylor - the firm became Fairbairn, Kennedy and Naylor

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. General & Commercial Directory of Leeds, 1834
  2. Engineer and Machinist's Assistant 1847. plate CX and others