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Bradbury & Company Limited

Wellington Works, Oldham, Lancashire, England

Bradbury Machines


Bradbury 1849/51

Bradbury & Sugden's first machine built in 1849, patented in 1850 and exhibited at the Exhibition of 1851; Europe's first shuttle machine.

Bradbury 1862

Westerian Family VS

Universal Feed/A1 Repairer

Universal Feed Leather-stitching Machine

Has Bradbury Company Oldham cast into the ironwork. Known as the Shoe Maker's Friend, or A1 Repairer,known in France as Polytype.

This is a UFA machine, Universal Feed Arm, which means the machine can turn and sew in any direction without having to turn or re-position the item you are sewing.

In the USA Bradbury teamed up with Wilson to help distribute this type of machine during the 19th century (they also collaborated on some machines). It would be interesting to know who they used in Australia.

Bradbury Wellington

Bradbury Soeze

Bradbury Magic/La Magique

Serial Number 330 on stitchplate, c1881.

In 2002 this machine, the only one known, sold for £1100/$1595.

Bradbury Number 5

Bradbury Medium

Bradbury Wilson Oscillator

Bradbury Family VS

Bradbury Family High-Arm TS

Bradbury S Number 2 Medium TS

Below is a comparison of shuttles from a Bradbury No. 2 Medium Transverse Shuttle machine, compared with smaller one from a Singer Model 12 (right)

Bradbury Number 1 TS

Bradbury Number 2 Rotary

A later version of the B2 with the Duke of Wellington's head on the bed of the machine. Rotary B2 & 4 Manual

Bradbury Number 6

"A silent, speedy, lockstitch machine, with high arm, solid steel needle bars, hardened and bushed to take up wear, short needle, self-threading spool, and other recent improvements. It is a thoroughly up-to-date machine, and has been specially designed for household sewing, dressmaking, and light manufacturing purposes, such as Collars, Corsets, Ladies' Underlinen, Shirts, &c. Can be driven at a high speed by power."

Bradbury Motorcycle

Courtesy of Gavin Tester...

whose relation, John Tester, was the original manager at Bradbury's 128 Bold Street, Liverpool from 1875 to 1888 (and Gritzner agent etc - see Topic - several pages).

This Bradbury motorcycle was an entrant in the March 9, 2008 London to Brighton Pioneer Run.

See What Else Did They Make?

Bradbury Motorcycle Shop

Courtesy of Gavin Tester...

whose relation, John Tester, was the original manager at Bradbury's 128 Bold Street, Liverpool from 1875 to 1888. This photograph taken in about 1914 shows no. 129, Union Street, Oldham, premises of Percy Platt, sole agent for Bradbury motorcycles and cycles. It is believed to be Percy Platt in the sidecar but the lady remains unknown. On the door you can just about make out the words "SEWING MACHINE NEEDLES & ", the last word is hidden behind a white notice that has been stuck over the top.

Bradbury Shuttles

Courtesy of Sylvia Oudhuis

Discussion of Bradbury shuttles can be found HERE and HERE

Bradbury Premises

128 Bold Street, Liverpool

Courtesy of Gavin Tester.

This is the address of Bradbury & Co. Ltd in Liverpool from 1875 to 1888. John Tester was the original manager there. See also the Gritzner album and the research on John Tester's Career (several pages)

Bradbury Advertisement 1875

Courtesy of Gavin Tester.

From an 1875 edition of Gore's Directory of Liverpool. Fascinating to see that John Tester (Gavin's relation) is named as manager. He was manager from 1875 to 1888. See also the Gritzner album and the research on John Tester's Career (several pages)