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Samuelson and Co

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Of Banbury. 1892.
Of Banbury. 1892.
1894. Samuelson's oile engine - Griffins system.
April 1903.
December 1908.
1913. The 'GEM No. III'
Nov 1919.
Dec 1921. "Banbury" Turnip Cutters.

Samuelson and Co, also see Samuelson, Son and Co, of Britannia Works, Banbury.

1848 Company formed by Bernhard Samuelson who bought the small factory in Banbury of James Gardner that was manufacturing agricultural equipment. His brother Alexander became manager of the agricultural implement works.

1851 Employing 120 men [1].

1851 Award at the 1851 Great Exhibition. See details at 1851 Great Exhibition: Reports of the Juries: Class IX..

1852 Listed under Ironfounders as 'Samuelson, Bernard, Britannia Works., Fish Street, Banbury' [2].

1865 Bernhard Samuelson owned blast furnaces in the North East[3]

1876 Listed as 'Samuelson and Co. Patentees and Manufacturers of reaping and mowing machines, lawn mowers, turnip cutters etc. Britannia Works, Banbury' [4]

1881 Samuelson, Son and Co were manufacturers of land mowing machinery

1882 Listed under Iron Founders, Millwrights, Machinists and Engineers as 'Samuelson and Co, Britannia Works, Fish Street, Banbury' [5].

1888 Took limited status with £150,000 capital (mentions Sir Bernhard Samuelson).

1890 Listed under Iron Founders, Millwrights, Machinists and Engineers as 'Samuelson and Co, Britannia Works, Fish Street, Banbury' [6].

1894 June. Took part in the Royal Agricultural Society’s Competitive Trial of Oil Engines. 8.0 bhp fixed engine, Griffin's patent. Article in ‘The Engineer’.

1894 Description of their Low-down harvester with illustration [7].

1900 June. Royal Agricultural Show at York. Showed harvesters and mowers, Root's blowers and power-driven Longworth hammer.

1905 Ernest Samuelson became Managing Director

1911 Description of their works at Banbury in The Engineer [8].

1922 Ernest Samuelson became chairman

1924 Samuelson and Co of Britannia Works, Banbury, appointed Mr. Frank Corter, of 43, Parsonage Chambers, 3, The Parsonnge, Manchester, as their representative in Lancashire, North Cheshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. [9]

1927 Francis Samuelson became chairman.

1930s Manufacturer of blowers

1933 The foundry at Banbury was closed and was taken over by Thomas W. Ward of Sheffield, who also acquired the goodwill and patterns and was prepared to consider any scheme for opening the foundry again[10]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1852 History, Gazetteer and Directory of Oxfordshire
  3. The Times Mar 20, 1865
  4. 1876 Harrod and Co.'s Directory of Beds, Bucks etc.
  5. 1882 Rusher's Banbury List & Directory
  6. 1890 Rusher's Banbury List & Directory
  7. The Engineer 1894/06/22 p540
  8. The Engineer 1911/09/08 p252+ & p258
  9. The Engineer 1924/07/04
  10. The Times, Dec 08, 1933