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Willson Lathes

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of Halifax

1940s Established as a machine tool business. This used the same telegraphic address as Smith, Barker and Willson so presumably was a continuation of that business in some way.

1945 'Mr. G. H. Willson
The death has occurred at Walton-on-Thames of Mr. George Henry Willson (71), a former well-known Halifax machine tool maker, of the firm Smith, Barker and Willson, Ovenden. His wife, Mrs. Laura Willson, who died four years ago, was associated with him in the business and took a prominent part in a number of house-building enterprises. Their only son. Mr. George Willson, of Willson Lathes, Ltd., died three years ago.'[1]

1947 Willson Lathes went public

1964 Acquired an engineering business in Dorset Meggitt Engineering and changed its name to Willson-Meggitt Holdings.

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Sources of Information

  1. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 19 June 1945