Joseph Taylor was a filemaker who originally worked in Edward Saggerson’s workshop on Kemble Street. He won this Bronze medal at the 1862 International Exhibition in London, a World’s Fair featuring over 28,000 exhibitors from 36 countries representing industry, technology and the arts. You can see his prizewinning set of 120 files at Prescot Museum.
Toolmaking was an important industry in Prescot, directly linked to watchmaking. Specialist tools such as files and broaches were essential in watchmaking, and the skilled toolmakers of the area provided the delicate precision instruments.