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1967 Thomas W. Ward acquired Marshall, Sons and Co

1969 Formed Marshall-Fowler tractor operation.

1973 Closure of the Marshall-Fowler works at Leeds making crawler tractors; the work would be moved to other plants in the Thomas W. Ward group[1]. Marshalls concentrated on their crawler production

1975 Wards decided to close the Marshall-Fowler operations at Gainsborough and Leeds

1975 British Leyland acquired the Marshall-Fowler tractor factory at Gainsborough; the factory would be used to expand the Aveling-Barford business making earth moving and road construction equipment. The Marshall-Fowler range of tractors would be rationalised[2] Presumably formed Aveling Marshall

1979 The crawler tractor interests were sold to a local farmer, Charles Nickerson[3]. Company closed

1981 Marshalls bought the BMC Leyland Tractors business. The machines were re-badged and the colour changed. Production ceased in 1991.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 03, 1973
  2. The Times, Sep 01, 1975
  3. The Times Nov 21, 1979