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Armstrong Whitworth Lathe

During the first half of the 20th century, Sir W. G. Armstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd. was a very important and influential British engineering company. Similar in organisation to Niles in America, they were remarkable not only for the quality of what they produced, but also its variety: battleships, massive guns and forgings of all types, railway engines, aircraft, cars, machine tools and even entire factories and their infrastructure to manufacture munitions/ However, while they constructed many huge, special-purpose lathes (many to make battleship guns) smaller versions could only have been of minor interest to them. Today, any machine tool marked Armstrong Whitworth is very rare indeed - and few are known to have survived.
If you have an Armstrong Whitworth lathe, the writer would be interested to hear from you.


Dating from 1914 to circa 1920, this Armstrong Whitworth lathe is of approximately 6.5-inch centre height and 36 inches between centres. For the time - with its clutched, all-geared headstock, Norton-type quick-change screwcutting gearbox, integral motor mounting and separate shaft drive for the power sliding and surfacing feeds - this would have been an up-to-date and very effective lathe.


A massive 50-inch (1270 mm) centre height gun lathe from 1913

A powerful 12-inch centre height lathe as made in 1905

Another product offered in the 1905 catalogue

A special-purpose lathe made in 1903


Armstrong-Whitworth gun-boring and turning works at Elswick in 1898

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Armstrong Whitworth Lathe