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A truly beautiful Goyen Lathe:-

made by William Goyen of Newton Abbot. c. 1870-1890

William Goyen made a small number (11) of high-quality lathes for amateur use in Newton Abbot, England, in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Little is known about Goyen, a South American railway engineer who retired and took to making lathes as a hobby. He is credited with making single handedly the finest ornamental lathes. They were probably made for friends; two of them were made for the Singer brothers of sewing machine fame for a reputed cost of £1,500 each. Only ten Goyen lathes are known to exist today.

The identity of the first owner of this particular lathe is not known but it was bought c.1940-43 from a house in Badshot Lea, a village near Aldershot by Mr. Henry John Trethewy, a precision engineer of 16 Upper Street, Michaels Road, Aldershot. After his death in 1978 the lathe was bought by Albert Henry Kelly.

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This machine was for sale (14th April 2005), by the then agents agents, Gerry and Carol Dawson at :-


It has since been sold on Ebay for a considerable amount.

I am grateful to Gerry and Carol for these photos, and they have given me permission to leave them on this site for the benefit of anyone interested.