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Williams and Womersley

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1951. Power transmission equipment. General engineering.

of Kirkgate Bridge, Wakefield.

1952 Golden Jubilee [1]

We attended last week a reception given by Williams and Womersley, Ltd., in celebration of its golden jubilee.

The firm was founded in 1902 by the partnership of two young men, George Williams and Herbert Womersley, who set up in business as engineers and millwrights at Wakefield, Yorkshire.

The premises first occupied by the firm were known as Rosa Works, a very modest property which was rented for £15 a year. Here, the firm begarn its work, specialising in the production of various appliances requisite for the transmission of power, including shafting, pulleys, bearings and gearing.

The story of the subsequent development of the business is admirably recorded in an attractive brochure which the company has produced in honour of its jubilee.

A limited liability company was formed in 1938, with Mr. Herbert Womersley as governing director.

Upon his death in 1941, Mr. A. W. Boulton was appointed chairman, in which office he continues.

The firm's headquarters are still at Wakefield, and its main interest is the production of power transmission equipment for all kinds of trades at home and overseas.

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