1879 – ‘Fortune & Bentham’

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Fortune & Bentham 1879

Going back through the company archives, our parent company Benthams originally started as Fortune & Bentham in 1879 manufacturing combing machines, circles and fallers for the textile industry in a small factory which came to be West End Works where Bradford university is now situated.

By 1917 the company had grown substantially as F.H.Bentham, expanding to a secondary factory in Keighley and beginning the manufacture of industrial machine brushes that eventually developed  up to the purchase of Charles.Widdops and F. De Courcy to form Widdop de Courcy in 1976

F.H.Bentham 1917