The Museum Collection: Iron & brass foundry

The Museum Collection: Iron & brass foundry

Bradford on Avon Museum has a collection of cast iron objects that were made by the three iron foundries that worked in the town. Mostly these are items of street furniture: gully gratings, manhole covers and stop valve covers. Although the Museum is fortunate to have them, they are better displayed in situ in Bradford’s streets. However, they are quickly being...

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Bed Manufacture

Bed Manufacture

Beds were made in a couple of places in the Bradford area.  Sawtell’s factory was at  the Midlands, in Holt and E.A. Gore was in Broughton Gifford. The industry is now carried on in neighbouring Trowbridge.

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The Bravon Brewery- Harding’s and Ruddles’

The Bravon Brewery- Harding’s and Ruddles’

W.R. Harding W.R. Harding advertised as brewer, wine & spirit merchant, brewing home-brewed beer, ales and stout as well as selling Bass’s Ales and Oakhill Invalid Double Stout in casks and bottle in 1897 (Dotesio’s Diamond Jubilee booklet). 1899 directory: William Robert Harding at King’s Arms, brewer He sold to S. Ruddle & Sons around 1900. He may have been the...

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Printing & publishing

Dotesio’s, Midway, Moonraker Press, Ex Libris Press

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The Rubber Industry

Apart from Macintosh in Glasgow, the rubber industry in this country began in Bradford in 1848 when Stephen Moulton brought Charles Goodyear’s process across from the USA.

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Moulton bicycles

Moulton bicycles

Dr Alex Moulton pioneered the small wheeled bicycle revolution nearly 50 years ago. All of today’s small wheeled cycles owe a debt of gratitude to the original Moulton ‘F’ frame design which not only introduced and proved the concept of full-size bicycles with small wheels, but also, right from launch in 1962, have utilised front and rear suspension systems for improved...

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Marcos cars

Marcos cars set up at Greenland Mills in 1962.

Jem Marsh, founder of Marcos cars at the celebration of his 80th birthday. A rally of various models was held in the library car park and in the Victory Field. The event was arranged by Bradford Museum on 25th April 2010 in conjunction with a Museum exhibition.

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