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Gainsborough, Marshalls' Britannia Works
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Britannia Works
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Britannia Works

The frontage of Marshalls' Britannia Works on Beaumont Street, Gainsborough, an outstanding example of a Victorian engineering works.

Most of the site has now been developed as a retail park.

Gainsborough, Britannia,
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Workers
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Workers
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Workers

William Marshall set up his Gainsborough engineering firm in 1848.

It moved in 1856 to a site on Beaumont Street near the station.

The works eventually occupied 28 acres (12 Ha) and in the early 1900s, at the time of this photograph, the firm employed over 3500 men.

Gainsborough had a population of about 19,000 at the time and was dominated by the works.

Gainsborough, Marshall Son & Co, workers, Beaumont Street
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Workers
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Workers
Gainsborough, Marshalls' Workers

This scene of Marshall workers leaving the factory was taken in about 1910.

At the time, a product for sale at home and abroad was the threshing machine. The steam engine - a major part of Marshalls' output - had been largely superseded by the diesel engine.

Marshalls' became an important maker of diesel-powered agricultural tractors in the twentieth century.

Gainsborough, Marshall Sons & co, workers
Horncastle, Tupholme's Foundry
Horncastle, Tupholme's Foundry
Horncastle, Tupholme's Foundry

This building on the west side of Foundry Street on the corner of Laundry Lane was built as a foundry, occupied first by Thomas Tupholme in the 1830s and later by Arthur Barrett between 1846 and 1851.

In the late 1850s it was converted into the Wesleyan Day School and from 1907 it housed the Horncastle & Woodhall Spa Steam Laundry.

Horncastle, Tupholme foundry, Arthur Barrett, Steam Laundry
Townsend, Agricultural Engineers
Townsend, Agricultural Engineers
Townsend, Agricultural Engineers

Alfred Cooling had been a dealer in a wide range of products - glass, chine, oil lamps, paperhanging, washing machines - as well as agricultural implements.

His business was taken over by Frederick Townsend in 1896 who, in 1913, was joined later by his son. They were agricultural implement agents and dealers until the Second World War.

This photo show the firm's stand at the 1898 County Show.

 

Metheringham, Townsend
Townsend, Agricultural Engineers
Townsend, Agricultural Engineers
Townsend, Agricultural Engineers
Townsend's stand at the 1898 County Show featured chaff cutters, weighing machines, a plough and a binder.
Metheringham, Townsend,