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Who was Ted Barrs?

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John Stevenson26/07/2017 17:40:43
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3 photos give credit to Ted Barrs as the designer of the ML7 during the closing stages of WWll but the design is so innovative in looks as style and nothing like the Atlas 10"that Tony refers to that I feel that it was the most definitive design of the latter half of the 20th century.

But who was Ted Barrs?

I have odd original drawings from 1947 but his name doesn't appear to feature in any of them.
Rik Shaw26/07/2017 18:21:24
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Apart from knowing he was works manager thats about all I could find. However, I did find several Myford lathe dating web sites - funny what some people get up to these days blush


Mike Crossfield26/07/2017 18:31:51
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There is is a little bit more info buried in a footnote on one of the Myford pages on site.


** Ted Barrs served his engineering apprenticeship during the 1920s, completing it alongside his best pal, Bill Day, who went on to found The North London Saw Works, at Waltham Cross - a business still running today (2014).
In 1931 Ted married and, with twin daughters born in 1935, moved to Beeston in 1942 to take up employment with Myford. Like most of his generation in senior engineering positions he was a hands-on man and, when his apprentices found a job too difficult, he would go down to the shop floor and demonstrate how it should be done.
Popular with both the owners (the Moore family) and with the workforce he rose to become Works manager. However, even after he retired he would spent many hours each week at the factory in an 'advisory' capacity - he really did live and breathe Myford machine tools.
Every year his young nephew Phillip, together with his father, I would go to the Model Engineering Exhibition in London, not only to see the models on display but, just as importantly, to see Ted. One visit Phillip spent an hour on the Myford stand learning woodturning from their demonstrator, a Mr. Fred Payne; "
He taught me more about the craft in an hour than I would ever have learnt at school in a year."


Edited By Neil Wyatt on 26/07/2017 18:57:35

Edited By Neil Wyatt on 26/07/2017 18:58:49

Mike Crossfield26/07/2017 18:35:41
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Something obviously went wrong with the formatting of my cut-and-pasted segment. Sorry about that!


Ady126/07/2017 18:37:42
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" Boller-house Practice and Design," by Mr. Edward Barrs. 11/1905

was the only hit I got in The Engineer

He's mentioned in a Myford article in 3736

1905 article


Ady126/07/2017 18:42:54
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Edited By Ady1 on 26/07/2017 18:58:46

Neil Wyatt26/07/2017 18:59:27
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Sorry Mike, fixed it now.

I see Ady has spotted that!


MW26/07/2017 20:43:59
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I wonder if he cast his top hat out of mazak.
merlin26/07/2017 22:13:57
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This is a coincidence - I was just about to ask on this forum whether there is available any details of Myford employees.

A friend of mine, now deceased, worked there from about 1941 to 1970


Julie Venard23/10/2020 18:25:28
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Looking up myford machine tools, came across this blog. My dad Derick Bing worked for my fords until his death in 1978.
He and Ted Barr’s ( Eddie) were great pals , I remember him very well . Our family visited them for weekends during the 1970s.

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