AboutWorkshop Museum Staff
As a teenager in the 1950's John Charnley started mending tractors and machinery for local farmers at the family farm in Lancashire. With the help of childhood friends Jack Barton and Bill Butler the Company and it's expertise has grown from these small beginnings.
Throughout this first decade John began dealing in used agricultural machinery, particularly Nuffield Tractors that he purchased from local auctions.
His passion and enthusiasm for British products in particular the Nuffield and Leyland Tractors has been the cornerstone of the business and in 1969, after a large stock takeover John Charnley & Sons became major stockists of Nuffield and BMC spare parts.
The 1970's was a busy time for Charnleys, they won franchise contracts with British Lely, Teagle, Richardson Cattle Trailers, Foster Machinery, Tanco Loaders and Wareing Trailers.
In 1981 William was joined by his younger brother David, who having spent his childhood watching and learning from his father took over the maintenance and repair services.
When faced with a failing British motor manufacturing industry Charnley's belief in Leyland Tractors was still strong and they were determined to continue to provide a backup for the many Leyland tractor enthusiasts around the world. Consequently they undertook to purchase any stocks of any Leyland, Nuffield and Marshall tractor parts that became available.
In 1985 Charnleys further developed and improved technical details on the tractors. Primarily they successfully improved the Borg and Beck clutch featured on Marshall tractors. An improvement which was patented and has since saved hours of workshop time! That same year J Charnley and Sons purchased the manufacturing rights for Marshall Tractors from Marshall Daimler Ltd. The deal included all drawings, patents, tooling, manufacturing jigs, test rigs and associated designs.
Following the purchase of Marshall Tractors, JWD Tractors Ltd was established and a purpose built production unit established. JWD Tractors Ltd produced 2WD and 4WD tractors based on the now improved Marshall design and painted in Vermillion (Orange).
In 1999 J Charnley & Sons was incorporated as a Private Unlimited Company.
By 2005 All remaining tractor spare parts held by Marshall had been purchased. That added to an extremely large parts takeover of Farmfast Supplies left Charnleys with possibly the largest stock holding of Genuine and Original Nuffield, Leyland and Marshall Tractor Parts in the World.
2006 saw the dawn of a new era when J Charnley & Sons became official franchisee of the then British, Doncaster built, McCormick Tractors. Sadly this was also the year that the Company's founder John Charnley passed away.
The production of McCormick Tractors moved to Italy in 2007 and the Doncaster line was closed. This was taken as an opportunity to purchase the majority of British made McCormick parts that remained in the vast stores at Doncaster and J Charnley & Sons now have extensive stocks of McCormick tractor parts to support their customers and workshop.