A friend sent me an ad for a lathe for sale, a Boxford model A, a model and manufacturer I had never heard of. It featured a 9 inch swing and 36" bed so this was a solid full-size machine.
A quick google produced a Wikipedia entry, Boxford lathes were produced in Box Tree Mills in Yorkshire, England by the Denford Machine Tool company, another name I'm hearing for the first time. The company had been formed before WW2 to manufacture precision measuring and inspection equipment, the production of lathes started in 1946. For details on these older machines, the fabulous Lathes.co.uk site has a comprehensive section.
Also I was pleased to discover The Denford company is still around manufacturing CNC machine tools.