Images relating to James A. Taylor Ltd. A bit of a Mystery!

James A. Taylor Ltd
James A. Taylor Ltd
James A. Taylor Ltd
James A. Taylor Ltd

These photos which were inherited from a friend are a mystery as we know nothing about the firm or the people on the photos, can anyone help to enlighten us? They are lovely photos and we felt they were worth sharing.

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  • Thank you so much for taking the time to provide some background!

    By Chris (16/03/2019)
  • A little bit more.
    King’s Mill was destroyed by fire in the early hours of 1st August 1963. The fire was attended by crews from Mansfield and Sutton who had 8 hoses directed at the flames, which reached a height of about 60 feet through the roof of the mill. One fireman was treated at Mansfield Hospital for bruising and lacerations caused by falling doors.
    The fire damage was estimated at about £100,000 and 300 tons of wheat, about 20 tons of flour and a similar quantity of oats were lost. At the time it was the only flour mill in Mansfield and supplied biscuit manufacturers. It had been undergoing major modernisation and extension prior to the fire and was due to return to full operations within a matter of days. New machinery had been given a trial run only the day before the fire, and two new sieving machines were lost when the floor they were on collapsed.
    James (Jack) Taylor was the firm’s Managing Director, and he was also the Chairman of Mansfield Town Football Club. (all the above from Chad archives).
    The Taylor family took over the running of King’s Mill around 1927-8, they lived at King’s Mill House. (Linney’s Almanac and Directory).

    By Jenny Wright (06/03/2019)
  • Having been employed at Lander’s Bakery for many years, That is certainly how the Flour was delivered in the early days. Hoisted from the rear of the delivery lorry with a rope and hook to the floor above the mixers.

    By alan curtis (04/03/2019)
  • James Argyle Taylor and his son James Argyle Taylor junior were directors of a flour and corn milling company at Kings Mill. I don’t know when they took over ownership of Kings Mill however they were there in 1939 up until 1963. It is thought the mill burnt down around this time so they were probably the last owners.
    James Argyle Taylor (senior) was born in Alfreton in July 1878, he married Florence Hall at Pentrich in November 1906, at the time he was a Master Baker and Corn Factor. The couple had another son, John Argyle Taylor, born in July 1908 in Somercotes, who became a flour miller on Brick Kiln Lane.
    James Argyle junior was born in Sept 1917, (not known if he was born in Mansfield or Somercotes), and as well as being a joint director with his father he was also a Traveller for the firm.
    I don’t think the boys in the photo are John and James as there was a 9 year age gap between them, therefore the man is probably James junior and the boys may be his sons or nephews. The sacks on the lorry are probably milled flour ready for delivery to customers.
    James senior died at Kings Mill in Oct 1963 and probate was granted to John Argyle Taylor and James Argyle Taylor as company directors.
    Can anyone date the photos more precisely from the lorry?

    By Jenny Wright (04/03/2019)

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