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From the late years of the 1800s until the 1970s there were many British manufacturers of small lathes and, in addition, a number of companies re-branding machines or making copies sold as their own. A few examples were not regular production machines but one-offs, designed for special-purpose tasks.
Amongst the better known brands made in pre-WW2 years (i.e. before 1939) were: Adept, Britannia, Challenger, Churchill, Drummond, ETA, EXE, Excell, Granville, Grayson, Holmes, Willimott Ideal, Mellor, Pools, Portass, Randa, Relm, Wade-CAV, Winfield and Zyto.  Post war the range expanded somewhat, though as conditions improved and the need for inexpensive machines dried up, few of these makers survived beyond the mid 1950s.The following is thought to be a near-complete list of all makers who produced more than a few examples. Should I have missed any out, please do let me know.


Ace
Acorntools
Adept
Allanson
Arrel
Aster
Balding
Barker
Baye
Benson
Beswick
Birch
Bonds Maximus
Boxford
Britannia
Broadway
Bryantsymons
BTM
Bunting
Butterfield
BWC
CAV
Centrix Micro
Challenger
Churchill
Claudius Ash
CLH
Colchester Bantam
Cook
Corbett's
Coronet
Cowell
Cowells
Cromwell
Cuthbert
CVA Precision
David
Denford (Viceroy)
Denham
Dignus
Drummond
Edgar
Edwards
Eclipse
Ellis & Reeds
ETA
EW
Exacta
Excel
EXE
Faircut
Flexispeed
Fortis
Gamages
Gem
George Adams
Goodwin
Goyen
Granville
Graves
Grayson
Grindturn
Greenly
Grigg
Grose
Haighton
Halifax
Halls
Harrison
Hayward
George Hatch
Hector
Hobson
Holbrook
Holmes
HTH
Hughes & Fawcett
Ideal
IME

Impetus
IXL
Jackson Rigby (JR)
Jason
Jen-son
Kerry
Keva
Kneller
Labormil
Lane
Lineker & Winfield
Leyland & Barlow
Lyn
Malcar
Mancuna
Mellor
Metalmaster
Meteor
Milnes
Muckle
Murad
Myford
Norfolk
NW
Olmar
Olympic
Patrick
Perfecto
Perris
Pfeil
Pixi
Pools
Portass
Pratt
Pultra
Raglan
Randa
Relm
Rindis
Roll0 (Scottish)
Rolls-Royce
Roper & Wreaks
Scope
Scott-Homer
Selecta (Unimat)
Senior
Simat
Smart & Brown
Spencer
Sphere
Stalwart
Startglen
Stedall
Sterling
Stewarty
Stuart
Swisten (Carstens)
Charles Taylor
T & L.M.
Truecut
T. Taylor
Tyzack
Union
Velox
Verschoyle
Viceroy
Wade CAV
Wakefield
Wandess
Warwick
Wilfin (Findlay)
Willimot
Winfield
Winfield & Lineker
Wizard
Woolner
York
Zyto

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