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This machine won the Prize of 5 pounds for the 3 Ĺ horsepower, at Newton Abbot Exhibition, in June last, after a great competition for the prize. There is no Machine known to be in existence, that can perform the same work in quality and quantity with so few actions and the same amount of power. The above machine is so arranged as to thrash and shake the straw, separate, riddle, blow and if required stack the corn without elevators or any other motion. T. B. was awarded three other prizes for the same Machine as being the best adaptation for thrashing and winnowing Clover seed, Scutching and Stamping Flax, amounting to 12 pounds in all. This arrangement is applicable to Steam, Water, or Horse-power, and any Machine can be arranged upon this principle, and many Machines are now undergoing this new arrangement, and many orders for new ones have also been received since the Exhibition, at Newton Abbott. T. B. Also manufactures 3-Horse and 2-Horse Machines, (fixed or portable), upon a light and most scientific principle, and which are particularly adapted for small occupations.

Agricultural Implements in general supplied.

T. B. will give plans and specifications for the creation of Machinery, and also consult parties as to the best manner of arrangement according to circumstances.

St Giles, near Torrington, Devon, July 13th, 1837.

County Courts

[Before John Tyrrell, Esq., Judge.]


Monday, 2nd June. J. Martin and Wife v. Thomas Brinsmead. - The plaintiffs had recovered judgment against the defendant in the last Court, but some misapprehension existed as regarded the plaintiffs' costs; and Mr. L. Bencraft, on their behalf, now applied for the costs of a journey from Swansea, where the plaintiff was a dissenting preacher, and from whence he had brought his wife as a witness at the trial. - His Honour said he thought £3 a reasonable sum, which he allowed.   

Michael Beer v. Thomas Brinsmead. - The defendant, a machine maker, at St. Giles, had undertaken to erect a water wheel on a farm at Clovelly, and which he employed the plaintiff to execute for him. Some time after the wheel was erected it was found to leak, and the defendant kept back £1 10s out of the £10 job was to cost; and this balance the plaintiff now sued for. The evidence on both sides was conflicting; but it appeared that the exposure to the sun had more to do with the leakage than bad workmanship, and the Judge gave judgment for the plaintiff. 

first published June 12th, 1862 



Torrington [Before John Tyrrell, Esq]

Thomas Brinsmead v. Henry Brinsmead - This was a disputed claim as to the sum of 50 Pounds, alleged to be due on the profits of a partnership account. The parties are brothers, living at St. Giles in the Wood, and are in well known repute as manufacturers of agricultural implements, particularly as being the inventors of an article called, technically, as "straw-shaker", which is a piece of clever mechanism attached to a threshing machine. Their partnership was of a singular kind, both having shops and men of their own, but yet dividing the profit and loss equally on the whole business. Mr. Kingdon appeared for the plaintiff and Mr. Lionel Bencraft for the defendant. The plaintiff and defendant had carried on the joint business for years though frequent disputes had arisen, till October, 1854, when defendant caused a notice to be served on his brother that the partnership should be dissolved; the plaintiff now claimed to be entitled to half the profits on the amount of orders entered in their books up to that time, from a stated period, which amounted to the sum of two hundred and ninety odd pounds. The litigants, who are members of a Dissenting community, had formerly agreed to leave their dispute to the arbitration of seven ministers, and other respectable members of their own persuasion, whose award was given in favour of the defendant, upon which plaintiff refused to abide thereby, hence the present proceedings. The learned gentlemen, on the part of their respective clients, now agreed to leave the matter and abide by the decision of the Court. His Honour, after going through and minutely dissecting the account, gave judgment for plaintiff for 15 Pounds. In the proceedings of this peculiar case, another difficulty had to be adjusted. It appeared that letters from strangers in various parts of England, sending orders, were generally addressed as heretofore, "Messrs. Brinsmead," and the one into whose hands it got appropriated it to himself, and the order it might happen to contain. His Honour suggested they should appoint a neutral person to take up and open all letters so addressed, and give it to the one whom it might concern, as the evil would, in time, cure itself. To this they at length consented.

first published April12th, 1855



And combined Thrashing Machines 


T. Brinsmead begs to inform the Public that the Business heretofore conducted by the late Firm of Messrs. T. and H. BRINSMEAD, Agricultural Machine Makers is now carried on in all its former branches, with the addition of combined Thrashing Machines of various classes, upon an entire new principle.

T.B. has no hesitation in saying that there are no Machines yet offered to the Public that can compete with the above for simplicity, economy, and efficiency.

All Orders for Machines and Liscences to manufacture the Patent Straw Shaker, must be addressed to Thomas Brinsmead, St Giles, near Torrington.

first published July 31st, 1856



Assault.- Henry Brinsmead, of St. Giles, machine maker, was charged with assaulting Samuel Dilling on the 26th June. It appears from the evidence that Mr. Brinsmead has for some time past been annoyed by a number of schoolboys entering his timber yard and work lofts and committing depredations and nuisances, in which the juvenile complainant had taken a rather prominent part. Up to the day in question, however, defendant had been unable to secure either of them. On the above day the boy Dilling entered the yard and was in the act of committing a nuisance when defendant caught hold of him, he then took a small stick from the hedge and gave Dilling a threshing and marked the juvenile offender's back; hence the above charge.- The Bench thought it a hard case for Mr. Brinsmead to suffer as he he had done by the lads, but as the assault had been admitted they must impose a small fine. -Fined 2s. 6d. and costs.

first published July 12th, 1866

Divisional Petty Sessions

Town Hall, Saturday, 7th last.

[Before J. C. Moore- Stevens and J. Fisher, Esqrs.]

Thomas Brinsmead of St. Giles in the Wood was summoned for allowing two pigs to stray on the highway on the 26th ult. P. C. Mortimare stated that on the above day he saw two pigs straying on the highway at Addlehole in St. Giles. Believing them to be the defendantís property, he drove them back to his workshop, when the defendantís nephew identified them, and drove them away. He had previously cautioned defendant and his nephew. ĖRachel Williams, the defendantís daughter, stated that she saw her fatherís pigs every day. They often got mixed up with other pigs, and she did not know the difference between them. ĖThe Bench considered the case proved, and fined defendant 2s. 6d. per head for the pigs, plus 7s. expenses.

first published, Sept 12th, 1872


TW First Class BOARS, from the best Breeders, always on the premises. also a first class Broadcast TURNIP DRILL, by BRINSMEAD, for Hire - Apply, Nutcombe Farm, Combemartin.

first published June 9th, 1860

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