Bamfords and JCB machinery, Oldfields Secondary Modern School, Uttoxeter

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Date:1959 - 1960 (c.)

Description:Bamfords and JCB machinery pictured outside the new school block, built in 1959, at Oldfields Scondary Modern School, Uttoxeter. On the right is a JCB Excavator 4, with a Bamford-Claeys M103 combine harvester in the centre, manufactured by the Claeys company of Zedelgem, Belgium. Introduced in 1952, It was the first European-built self-propelled combine harvester. From 1959 Claeys were imported by Bamfords of Uttoxeter and were known as Bamford-Claeys. On the left is a Bamford-Long baler.

A party of children can be seen to the left.

Bamfords was founded in Uttoxeter in 1871 by Henry Bamford and made water pumps, taps and agricultural machinery at the Leighton Works on Pinfold Street. Joseph Cyril Bamford split off from the Bamford company in 1945 to set up what has become known as JCB - J C Bamford Excavators Ltd. Bamfords went into liquidation in 1980, but then in 1989 JCB bought the site in Pinfold Street and produced earthmoving equipment there as part of their Heavy Products division until 2008.

Photographer: Gerald McCann of High Street, Uttoxeter.

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Creators: Mr Gerald McCann - Creator

Image courtesy of: Mrs G.S. McCann

Donor ref:P76.041.04606 (37/43250)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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