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Manufacturers Index - Kershaw Brothers

Kershaw Brothers
Hebden Bridge (near Manchester), England, U.K.
Manufacturer Class: Wood Working Machinery

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Kershaw Brothers, a partnership of John Kershaw and Robert Kershaw, was in business by 1892 operating the Railway Iron Works and making a full line of machinery aimed at sawmills and cabinet shops. In 1899 the partnership was dissolved but it appears that John Kershaw continued operating the business under the old name. By 1904 John and his business were bankrupt and the business disappeared for good.

Information Sources

  • 1899-01-10 The London Gazette. "Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, John Kershaw and Robert Kershaw, carrying on business as Saw Mill Engineers, at Hebden Bridge, in the county of York, under the style or firm of Kershaw Brothers, has been dissolved by mutual consent as and from the 14th day of October, 1898. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said John Kershaw who will continue the business.-Dated fourth day of January, 1899.
  • 1904-07-02 The Law Times, in a listing of bankruptcy proceedings. "Kershaw, John (trading as Kershaw Brothers), Hebden Bridge, , sawmill engineer. Ct. Burnley. July 6, at 2, at Railway hotel, Todmorden; July 29, at 10.45, at Court-house, Burnley."
  • A genealogy page has a short section on Kershaw Brothers with some useful info. "Cutting machinery makers and saw mill engineers at Railway Iron Works, Mytholmroyd [1905]. Partners included John Kershaw and Robert Kershaw. The partnership was dissolved on 14th October 1898. John Kershaw (trading as Kershaw Brothers) was declared bankrupt in June 1904. A book published around 1900 mentioned Kershaw Brothers' High Speed Horizontal Saw as differing from other machines of its class by dint of not having a crankshaft: "The cranks, connecting rods and all other parts are compactly embodied in proximity to the travelling table which apparently made for a very compact machine which certainly merits the attention of manufacturers whose floor-space is limited..."