Machinery for the textile industry was manufactured by several Todmorden firms producing or maintaining the machinery used in the cotton factories. Lord Bros. produced textile machinery, often building looms to their own specification. Jeremiah Jackson was also in the machine trade as textile engineers, providing dyeing, finishing, sizing and bleaching machines. Astin & Barker were millwrights producing boilers, flywheels and iron goods in the foundry. The canal bridge of 1864 by Todmorden Library was designed and built by them. A Kinghorn & Co was founded when Arthur Kinghorn broke away from Lord & Kinghorn in 1885. The firm, which produced machine tools for the sheet metal industry, celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1986. The Walker family over four generations had started as apprentices on the shop floor before moving to executive positions.
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