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Rare exhibit acquired by The Museum of Gardening

20th February 2017

The adjustable spanner/wrench was invented by Edwin Beard Budding around 1843, three years before his death. His business partner John Ferrabee and his son James continued production of the ‘Budding Spanner’ through to the early 1860’s.

Buddings basic design has been reproduced by many engineering companies worldwide over the last 174 years, with millions in existence and indeed still being produced today.

The Edwin Budding Museum of Gardening is pleased to have acquired an original spanner marked “James Ferrabee, Makers, Stroud, Glos” we are presently arranging a suitable display to accommodate this new and extremely rare exhibit.


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