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Taylor, Wordsworth and Co

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of Midland Junction Foundry, Water Lane, Silver Street, Leeds

Makers of textile machinery and machine tools.

Joshua Wordsworth had been a partner since c.1812.

1817 Directory: Taylor and Wordsworth. Flax, woollen and worsted machine makers and manufacturers of patent axle trees. [1]

1830 Advert: 'WANTED IMMEDIATELY, Twenty VICEMEN, Eighteen IRON TURNERS, Two WOOD TURNERS, and Four good SMITHS. Apply to Taylor, Wordsworth and Co., Leeds. N.B. None need apply but good and steady Workmen.' [2]

1834 Listed as machine makers and manufacturers of woollen, worsted, flax, hemp, tow etc. machinery, brass and iron founders and patent axle tree manufacturers. Of Silver Street, Water Lane. [3]

1844 Destructive fire at the works [4]

1848 Death of Joseph Taylor, 71, on Thursday, 3 February [5]

By 1959 was a subsidiary of Stone-Platt Industries[6]

A planing machine by Taylor, Wordsworth & Co, for planing up to 12 ft long, 2ft square, was included in the sale of J. Bradwell's works in Micklegate, York.[7]

Top press. Exhibit at Bradford Industrial Museum

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Sources of Information

  1. 1817 Directory of Leeds
  2. Leeds Intelligencer, 11 March 1830
  3. 1834 Directory of Leeds
  4. Leeds Intelligencer, 17 February 1844
  5. Sheffield Independent - Saturday 5 February 1848
  6. The Times June 3, 1959
  7. Yorkshire Gazette - Saturday 4 March 1843