The 'Waterfall' Line Marker

Manufactured by B. Hirst & Sons of Halifax who patented this line marker in 1908. It has a unique way of delivering the marking fluid with a central wheel similar to a waterwheel used to produce hydropower for early flour mills etc.The company also made equipment for various sports including tennis and its interesting to note that in the 1920's their telegram address was 'Waterfall Halifax'.

In 1987 the business was acquired by Sutcliffe Play Ltd who are now one of the worlds leading manufacturers of children's playground equipment.

An advertisement for the machine was found in the 1911 Gamages catalogue.




Clive Gravett