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Sheffield built treadle lathe


I have an old treadle lathe with a makers plate which reads  " J H Bunting    Makers   Sheffield"

Does anyone have any informaton on lathe makers in Sheffield of that name?

It may be John Henry Bunting b. abt. 1893, Father Geo. Bunting b. abt 1866, shown as lathe maker in 1901 census.


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Sheffield built treadle lathe
Authored by: Michael Bunting FSG on 11:56PM GMT - Friday, 14 December 2007

Dear Brian,

I think you have perhaps placed too much reliance on just using the 1901 Census. Using a different approach I believe that I have come up with a different John Henry born somewhat earlier and living at what I believe is the true home of JHB.

This also ties in with the somewhat incomplete records that the Society holds. I think it would be useful to you and us if you shared all the information you have with our record keeper and researcher, Mary Rix. Her link address is on the "About Us" page shown in the header above. I will prime Mary with my thoughts.

Even as the owner of the lathe I am sure you would be quite welcome to join our Society. It only costs £4pa. Or were you hoping that we would buy the lathe?

Keep in touch as we would like to expand what we have of JHB's family tree. Well I would, as he lived in my home town!


Sheffield built treadle lathe
Authored by: Anonymous on 11:53AM GMT - Thursday, 13 March 2008

Dear Michael,

Thank you for your reply, and your interest in the lathe.  Photographs of the lathe have been examined by a local lathe historian and the lathe dated between 1870 and 1900.  Details, and photographs, of the lathe can be found at

So, the John Henry Bunting I found in the 1901 census is not the maker of this lathe.

With regard to selling the lathe, I do not consider it mine to sell.  I am merely the current custodian of a machine that has already survived longer than I will.  I will preserve the lathe as best I can until a more suitable custodian can be found. 


Kind regards,  Brian

Sheffield built treadle lathe
Authored by: Anonymous on 07:38PM BST - Wednesday, 30 April 2008
I believe it more likely to be this JHB,

Name: John H Bunting
Age: 49
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1842
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Maria
Gender: Male
Where born: Clerkenwell, London, England

Civil Parish: Sheffield
Occupation: Amateur Tool Maker,
this was taken from the 1891 census,
Also this was taken from 1893 Kelly's Directory.
John Henry BUNTING Amateur tool maker &c & engineer & machinist Cherry Tree Yard, Russell Street, Kelly's 1893

Martin Ryan
Sheffield built treadle lathe
Authored by: John Coldwell on 05:54PM BST - Monday, 27 September 2010

I can help you with John  Henry Bunting. He was my great grandfather, and he ran a domestic machinery manufacturing and gutter percha merchant business in Cherry Tree Yard Shalesmoor. He came to Sheffield from London  where his father worked it Custom House. John Henry took residence in the St Georges parish and I surmise that by attending the parish chruch he met the Sellars family and married one of Maria Sellars daughters. The wedding took place at St Georges church.  His son, William Godfrey Bunting worked for John  Henry as a young man and met his wife when he used to escort her through the yard with her tray of blanl knives for finishing by one of the little mesters who worked in the yard. Grandmother was afraid of horses and so William woul;d escort her. Hope that helps. If you want more info email me on 

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