Scope and Content

Consists of registers series 1 1840's-1932; registers series 2 1912-1926; building books 1881-1931; thrashing machine registers 1857-1887; clover hullers register 1911-1919; straw elevators and stackers register 1858-1930; chaff cutters, corn mills, maize shellers, traction wagons, saw benches and pumps register 1873-1913; pump, straw riddles, chaff cutters and traction wagons register 1913-1928; building books maize shellers 1885-1929; folding straw elevators building book 1923-1930; chaff cutters building book 1882-1929; parts register [c1900]-1930; sales register for Britain 1877-1928; report on the reorganisation of the firm's stamp and works 1919

Administrative / Biographical History

Clayton and Shuttleworth, Stamp End Works, Lincoln

Established in 1842 when Nathaniel Clayton (1811-1890) formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, Joseph Shuttleworth (1819-1883).

In 1845 they built their first portable steam engine, and in 1849 their first threshing machine. These products became the mainstay of the firm's business. Clayton and Shuttleworth became one of the leading manufacturers in the country. They supplied steam engines and threshing machines to other manufacturers, as well as selling under their own name. In 1851 they sold more than 200 steam engines, boosted by the Great Exhibition. By 1857 they had produced a total of 2,400 steam engines, and by 1890 total output had reached 26,000 steam engines and 24,000 threshing machines.

In 1870 their workforce in Lincoln was 1200. The export trade was important to the firm. A branch in Vienna was established early on, and other branches followed at Pest, Prague, Cracow and Lemburg.

The firm became a limited company in 1901, and Alfred Shuttleworth (1843-1925), son of the founder, became chairman.

In the twentieth century Clayton and Shuttleworth for a short time manufactured tractors, and was the first British firm to make a combine harvester.

They failed in the depression of the 1930s, and were taken over by Marshalls of Gainsborough

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Compiled by Zoe Watson, March 2004

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Records are also held by the Lincolnshire Archives reference MARSHALL 13+14 and 2 BD 2/1/35

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