Robert Maynard established works in 1834, near the centre of the High Street in Whittlesford, to produce agricultural implements. In 1861 he employed 30 men. After Maynard’s death in 1883 the business was carried on by his son Robert and later his grandson R. J. Maynard. By 1904 an iron foundry was attached to the works. After R.J.Maynard’s death in the mid 1950’s the works were closed.
In 1959 the buildings were sold to Phoenix Tinsel Products Ltd., which in 1973 made artificial Christmas trees, decorative lighting, and display goods there
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