100 + years of Farm Machinery services in North Yorkshire and Co. Durham - J Parlour + Son

- J Parlour + Son

100 + years of Farm Machinery services in North Yorkshire and Co. Durham


About this site. I hope for this site to be a resource, both for ourselves, and any other interested person.

What we do.

Our main lines of business are: agricultural machinery hire, repairs, parts and sales: steel fabrication, steel supply, farm machinery parts, on sight welding and repairs, welding and fabrication, Hydraulic hoses, PTO shafts and repairs. We have numerous agencies for machinery and parts, click here.

Brief history of J. Parlour & Son.

Our founder, Jack Parlour, after serving his time as a blacksmith in Winston, borrowed money to rent a blacksmiths shop in Yarm. This shop was down a pub yard with only a narrow entrance and whenever he made a cambridge roller he had to take all the parts into the market place and assemble it there.

On getting the chance of the shop here at Otterington he moved in in 1907, renting at first and later buying. The picture is Jack in front of the shop in 1908.

After a few years Jack bought Glebe Farm at Otterington, and then later sold it, in order to set up his first son, Gordon, on Rand Grange, Bedale, a 365 acre rented farm.

One of the stories my father likes to tell is about an Otterington farmer, on collecting a new plough from Otterington station, which he had bought from an agricultural engineer in Darlington, the station master said to him "why didn't you go to Mr Parlour for a plough", the farmer says "oh this one's better than Parlours ploughs" on which the station master points to a concealed word stamped in the iron beam, the word was, Parlour. The station master said "I put this plough on the train to Darlington last week".

We still have one of Jacks ploughs and one of the first three sets of harrows he made at Otterington.

Jack and Jack junior also did horse shoeing; one of our claims to fame was to be responsible for dressing the feet a famous race horse called Hyperion. For more info and a pic of Hyperion go to www.reines-de-course.com/hyperion.htm 

Jack senior also did contracting using an Austin tractor on spade lugs. For road work he would remove the spade lugs and replace with bolts for grip on the tarmac. He used a four wheeled trailer with iron tyres to transport his implements to the job. 

In the 50's we had a few years doing crop spraying with an ex army Ford Jeep with a tank in the back and booms on the front, also a Minneapolis Moline tractor pulling a bowser. The Mini was very fast for the time. Later we used a Land Rover to do the spraying which was better because it had a PTO and so didn't need an extra engine to drive the pump.

We continued making harrows at Otterington until they went out of fashion, about 25 years ago, when power harrows took over.

Our main business then became, and still is, hiring out farm machinery. We started hiring in the late 60's, our first two muck spreaders, both wooden ones, were a David Brown and an Aubrey Ogle. We thought it was wonderful when rota spreaders came along. We even hired out sacks.

We acquired a David Brown tractor and machinery agency in the 50's and continued selling and maintaining them for many years. We still have two 60's David Brown tractors, which we took in as part exchange for new ones, and then hired out. We don't normally hire them out any more but they are still in regular use arround our yard.