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William Sellers and Sons

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Sewing machine. Exhibit at the Grassington Folk Museum.
Sewing machine (detail on treadle). Exhibit at the Grassington Folk Museum.
Sewing machine (detail). Exhibit at the Grassington Folk Museum.
January 1929. Washing machine.

Airedale Works, Keighley.

1852 Business established.

Formed by William Sellers.

1865 Notice. Henry Winnpenny of 16 John Street, Bristol in no longer in the employ of William Sellers of Airedale Works, Keighley. [1]

1868 Advert. Now able to supply sewing machines to the Wheeler and Wilson patent as it has expired.[2]

1870s Sharing the Airdale Works with Darling and Sellers

1872 Advert. Additional premises at Top of King Street, Blackburn [3]

1884 Making the Stitchwell Sewing Machine and selling to the British Government.[4]

1899 Leeds Cycle Show. Exhibited half-a-dozen roadsters.[5]

1901 Advert. Described as Sewing and Washing Machine Manufacturers of Airedale Works.[6]

1901 Partnership (between Varley Sellers, John Robert Sellers and Joseph Matthew Sellers) dissolved by mutual consent. They were listed as makers of washing, sewing, knitting and other machines. [7]

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Sources of Information

  1. Bristol Mercury - Saturday 29 July 1865
  2. Bradford Observer - Thursday 09 January 1868
  3. Blackburn Standard - Wednesday 03 April 1872
  4. Western Times - Monday 19 May 1884
  5. Leeds Mercury - Wednesday 11 January 1899
  6. Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 November 1901
  7. [1] London Gazette, May 24th, 1901