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William Tasker and Sons

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September 1902.
Tasker stationary steam engine at Milestones Museum
Tasker steam lorry at Great Dorset Steam Fair, 2018
1922. The "Autohorse".
1922. The "Autohorse".
September 1925.

Blacksmith and implement maker at Waterloo Iron Works, Andover.

Formerly Tasker and Fowle

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1858 The company became William Tasker and Sons with Robert Tasker, Junior and William Tasker, Junior in charge. Robert soon left to concentrate of farming and William became the main force in the business. Later Henry Tasker who had been trained at Clayton and Shuttleworth joined the business.

1858 William Tasker, Junior of Tasker and Sons granted a patent for 'Improvements in combined threshing machines' [1]

1865 Made their first three portable engines

1866 Agricultural equipment [2]

1867 Tasker and Son won a prize for horse-powered threshing machine at the Royal Agricultural Society's meeting[3]

1869 First Traction Engine built

1881 Employing 200 persons. [4]

1883 William died and Henry Tasker was in charge

1896 Became a limited company

1902 Introduced the Little Giant engine.

1903 Company in liquidation

1904 Steam locomotive exhibit[5]

1907 Company re-formed as W. Tasker and Sons

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Steam Motor Wagons, Tractors and Ploughs etc. see the 1917 Red Book. The model was Little Giant.

1920 Produced a tractor for Smithfield Club Show [6]

1926 Company in liquidation

1932 Re-formed as Taskers of Andover

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Sources of Information

  1. The Leeds Mercury, Saturday, January 22, 1859
  2. The Engineer 1866/06/08 p409
  3. The Times, Jul 18, 1867
  4. 1881 Census
  5. Museum of Country Life at Exmouth
  6. The Engineer of 1920/12/10 p582