Catalogue description Christopher Pratt and Sons of North Parade, Bradford, furniture makers, upholsterers and decorators, records

This record is held by Bradford Industrial Museum

Details of T2000-549; T2000-564
Reference: T2000-549; T2000-564
Title: Christopher Pratt and Sons of North Parade, Bradford, furniture makers, upholsterers and decorators, records

Drawings and designs for furniture for both commercial and private use, including desks, shop counters and display units, dressers and chairs, c1920-1959


Photographs and glass slides made for advertising purposes; photographs of Christopher Pratt and other managing directors 1888-1903; photographs and papers relating to 'Phlashetts' in the village of Well near Bedale, the home of Thomas Pratt


Engineering drawings and blueprints for 7 aircraft, notably flying boats, designed by the Pratts/Phoenix partnership, many by Felix Koolhoven, the Dutch seaplane designer who had moved to Newcastle, comprising: the Short Brothers Type 184 float plane (or seaplane), the Short Brothers Type 184 bomber (bi-plane), the Armstrong Whitworth FK 10 quadruplane, the Phoenix Cork P5 flying boat, the Maurice Farman S7 Longhorn Trainer and Shorthorn bi-plane, the Felixstowe F3 and F5 flying boat, 1915-1918; with research notes, news cuttings and articles relating to them


Photographs of Felixstowe flying boats and other aircraft under construction and undergoing trials, c1917-1919

Date: c1900-1975
Held by: Bradford Industrial Museum, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Christopher Pratt and Sons

Physical description: c 1000 items
Access conditions:

Open by appointment

  • Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • Manufacturing industry
  • Aircraft
Administrative / biographical background:

Pratts commenced their furniture business in c1839, designing and making furniture for a wide range of clients including local churches, shops, banks and schools (Bradford Grammar School). The firm also made a contribution to the aviation scene in World War I when in 1915 it entered into an arrangement with Phoenix Dynamo Manufacturing Co Ltd (later English Electric Co Ltd) to assist in the manufacture of wooden parts for aircraft. Phoenix had entered into a consortium led by Short Brothers and the Aircraft Manufacturing Company which had links to de Havilland.

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