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William Crosskill and Sons

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of Beverley

1861 Alfred Crosskill (1829-1904), son of William Crosskill (1800-1888), was an agricultural implement maker employing 82 men[1]

Subsequently A. and E. Crosskill was presumably the partnership of Alfred Crosskill and Edmund Crosskill

1864 William Crosskill's sons Alfred and Edmund set up a rival firm to the business which had been their father's and had become Beverley Iron and Wagon Co; the new company traded as William Crosskill & Sons, on a site in Eastgate, Beverley. They continued to make railway wagons and farm carts there.

up to about 1868 was known as William Crosskill and Son

1869 Won prizes at the 1869 Royal Agricultural Show

1871 Edmund Crosskill (1831-1891), son of William Crosskill (1800-1888), was an agricultural implement manufacturer employing about 100 men[2]

1876 Exhibitor at the Smithfield Club Show with wagons and carts [3]

1881 Edmund Crosskill was mayor of Beverley, an agricultural engineer, employing 90 men[4]

1891 Edmund Crosskill and his son William (b.1865) were both agricultural implement makers[5]

1901 William Crosskill, was a mechanical engineer and employer[6]

1904 Dissolution of the Partnership between William Crosskill, of Beverley, in the East Riding of the county of York, Engineer, and George Pryce Wallington, of Beverley aforesaid, Engineer, carrying on business as Agricultural Implement Manufacturers, at Beverley aforesaid, under the style or firm of WILLIAM CROSSKILL AND SONS, on the 10th day of June, 1904, by mutual consent. All debts due to and owing by the late firm will be received and paid by William Crosskill.[7]

1904 The works were taken over by the East Yorkshire Cart and Wagon Co, previously known as Sawney and Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. 1871 census
  3. The Engineer of 15th December 1876 p411
  4. 1881 census
  5. 1891 census
  6. 1901 census
  7. The London Gazette 23 September 1904
  • [1] A History of the County of York East Riding: Volume 6, the Borough and Liberties of Beverley. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1989.
  • 'Crosskills of Beverley', by G. P. Brown, E. Yorks. Loc. Hist. Soc. Bulletin, xxvi. 7-9.