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Mayfield History

Over the years, Mayfield has seen a lot of changes. Its journey from the 70’s has been a good one, with steady growth and increased popularity within the world of marching bands. To find out more about Mayfield’s journey through the decades, click on the dates below for the details.

  • 1970: Wilson Peck Ltd

    The 1st major supplier of marching band Instruments in Sheffield. The bell lyres were initially marketed under the Wilson Peck name with the distinctive Wilson Peck brand stamped on the lowest note.

  • 1970's – 1986: Frank Harlow

    Engineer by trade and armature violin maker designs and manufactures the first 2 Octaves Bell Lyre, including strung alloy notes. The name ‘Mayfield Manufacturing’ was created due to Mr Harlow living in Mayfield Valley in Sheffield. Frank had the notes polished at Barry Rowntree’s workshop on Edward Street, Sheffield. Frank Harlow sells Mayfield in 1986.

  • 1986 – 1998: Mr and Mrs Rowntree

    Mr and Mrs Rowntree take over the manufacturing of Mayfield Manufacturing as an end product to their already existing successful finishing business. Extensive research and development lead to a steady growth. The Mayfield brand was introduced abroad. Mayfield was recognised as ‘the choice of winning bands in the UK’. Donated Mayfield Bell Lyre to HMS Sheffield. Mr and Mrs Rowntree retire in 1998.

  • 1998 – 2013: Sheffield Metal Polishing Company Ltd

    Production of the Mayfield instruments continues under the ownership of Sheffield Metal Polishing Company Ltd, based on Foley Street in Sheffield.

  • 2013: Autism Plus Ltd

    Based at Autism Plus headquarters at the Exchange Brewery, Sheffield, Mayfield has now become a new social enterprise for the charity. A number of service users are being trained in aspects of production, marketing, sales and customer service support.

  • 2014 – Present Date

    In May 2014 Mayfield instruments are awarded the recognition of the ‘Made in Sheffield’ brand which is recognised worldwide and is a mark of quality and origin. Our first service user also begins work in Mayfield to help produce our instruments.