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On 18 May 1830, Stroud-born Edwin Beard Budding signed an agreement with John Ferrabee to develop his lawnmower invention. They made the mowers in a factory at Thrupp, near Stroud, Gloucestershire. A British patent was granted on 31 August 1830. Two of the earliest Budding machines were sold to Regent's Park Zoological Gardens in London and the Oxford Colleges. Stratford Park Museum in Stroud, has early examples of the lawnmowers, as well as the cloth mill cutting machines, which gave Budding the idea for inventing the lawnmower.