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1875 Manchester Exhibition

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The exhibition was held in a large temporary building erected on the Cheetham-hill-road, in one of the suburbs of Manchester. [1]. Opened on Friday 14th May

REPORT from the Manchester Evening News :-


'The following report of the Jurors has been published. In presenting this report to the Council of the Society for the Promotion of Scientific Industry the Jurors have to state that the medals and certificates of merit have been awarded after careful investigation for one or all of the following qualties—novelty, design, workmanship, and utility. As the Society's medals and certificates were limited to certain distinct classes, the Jurors have not been able to make awards, in all cases where they recognised merit. In the exhibits of Messrs. M'Naught and Messrs. Petrie of wool-scouring machinery, the Jurors desire to express their appreciation of the excellence of design and workmanship displayed in these machines. In the exhibit of Sir Joseph Whitworth and Co. the Jurors were not able to make any award, but they desire to express their appreciation of the value of the compressed steel shown in this exhibit.

'The Jurors recommend that the following awards be made by the Council of the Society:—



'Dodge and Co. file-cutting machine; Smith and Coventry, collection of screwing machines, bolt chasing machines, and lathes; Pooley and Son, collection of weighing machines; W. Furness and Co. collection of wood working machines, planing and moulding machines. Charles Harris, paper bag making machine; Leoni and Co. collection of atmospheric gas cooking stoves; Mirrlees, Tait and Watson (Weston's patent), self-balancing centrifugal hydro-extractor.


'Kendal and Gent collection of slotting, planing, drilling, and screwing machines; Shaw, Hossack, and Co collection of boring, shearing, and shaping machines; Whittaker and Co, wheel moulding machines; George L. Scott and Co. Limited, wheel moulding machines; Fielding and Platt (Tweddell's patent), riveting machine; Henry Simon, bolt and rivet-making machine; B. and S. Massey, steam hammers and steam stamp; Thwaites and Carbutt, Root's rotary blower and duplex engine combined; Appleby Brothers, locomotive steam crane; Thos. Holt and Co. wood working machines; W. Tighe Hamilton, dovetailing machines (power and treadle); Le Gros and Silva, the Ingersoll rock drill; James Scott and Son, the Humbolt coal ash washing machine; Tangye Bros, lifting appliances; Ruston, Proctor and Co portable steam engine; Robey and Co semi-portable steam engine; Hamer, Giles, and Co. (Davy Paxman's patent) vertical steam engine and boiler; Bradford and Co. collection of washing machines (power and hand); A. W. Hosking, system of bookkeeping known as the "combination cheque"; W. Harrison and Co. collection of sewing, knitting, and embroidering machines; J. Faulkner, electrical appliances (Atlandae system); G. Glover and Co. gas meters and gas apparatus; G. Waller and Co. gas exhausters and engines in connection with them; Taylor and Parsons, Thornton's kitchen range and accessories; William Barton, circular-fronted range; Silber Light Company, the Silber lamp; Winder and Harrop, tin-lined lead tubing.

'BRONZE. Low and Duff, lathe for gas joints and light brass work; J. D. Ashworth, collection of consolidated emery wheels; Hydraulic Engineering Co punching and shearing machine (Tweddell's patent); Westray, Copeland and Co. punching, shearing, and angle cropping machine; De Bergue and Co. punching and shearing machine and rivetting machine; Collier and Co. Anglo-American dead-blow power hammer (Justice's patent); Charles Sholl, patent pneumatic-power hammer; J. Pickering {Pickering Block and Hoist Co?, lifting appliances; William Bowser and Son, Henderson's derrick crane; S. and R. Howden, collection of saws and tools used by carpenters; M. Selig, jun. and Co. collection of American tools, including Bohlken's earth borers; H, B. Barlow, jun. and Co. hand or power rock drill; H. R. Marsden, improved stone breaker and screening apparatus; W. J. Edwards, leather driving bands (Sampson's patent) ; Hudswell, Clarke, and Rogers, wrought iron drums (Rogers's patent); William Carver, sewing machines; Elliott, Alston, and Olney, collection of domestic appliances; F. and C. Hancock, machines for crumbing bread, grinding sugar, washing butter, and special machine for compounding druggist powders; G. H. Harris, collection of domestic appliances; Follows and Bate, collection of domestic appliances; Wanzer Sewing Machine Co. collection of sowing machines; George Kent, collection of domestic appliances, especially domestic freezing machines; A. N. Myers and Co. collection of Kindergarten toys and games; William Roberts, self-acting painting machines, for Venetian blinds; H. L. Muller, Alpha gas-making machine; Rigby and Son, sunlights, patent boiler for greenhouses and coffee grinders and roasters (Picard's patent); Newton, Chambers, and Co. patent close and open cooking range, with natural draught; Brown and Green, cooking and improved ranges; Hartley and Sugden, patent lap-welded boilers; E. Rogerson and Co. the Hallamshire range and domestic appliances; Albion Lamp Co. Rippingill's stove for burning mineral oil; T. and T. Wolstencroft, Wagstaff tubular saddle boiler, filters, and domestic appliances; George Cheavin, filters; Peters and Donald, ventilating closets; James Howarth, ventilators; Pott's Patent Ventilating Cornice Co. ventilating cornice; Billing and Co. gas stoves and cooking apparatus.

'HONOURABLE MENTION. Bury and Co. solid interchangeable cast steel picks and case of tools; Heap and Co portable apparatus for screwing metal tubes (hand or power); Crookes, Roberts, and Co. lathes and planing machines; W. Whittam, English and foreign Standard measures; Korting Brothers, steam jet apparatus for ventilating, blowing, injecting, and lifting; Siebe and Gorman, diving apparatus for two divers; Thomas Rose, metallic fire engine, seven cylinders; John Smith, C.E. economic parlour stoves; W. Wilson, and Co. lamps, stoves, and domestic appliances; J. Constantino, convoluted stove; W. Owen, thermosen stove; T. H. P. Dennis and Co. collection of high-pressure valves, and boiler for economising fuel; B. Looker, terracotta stoves; Dietz and Co. lamps; Smith, Slater, and Co. draught preventers; W. M. Jowett and Co. filters; J. Halliday, filters; J. Blackmore, cisterns; Wright, Sutcliffe, and Co. stench traps; Universal Disinfector Co. disinfecting apparatus; W. Gascoyne and Sons, lead D trap; Gresham and Craven, wire mattress; W. Carrick (Baylis's patent), self-acting air pump ventilators; R. H. Reeves, zinc dome ventilator; H. Stott, method of ventilating drains; E. Brook and Sons, sewer ventilators and traps; Bates, Elliott, and Co. sanitary ware; Sanitary and Economic Manure Company, closets; J. H. Cobbe, closets and commodes; R. M. Caffal and Co. closets; J. and W. M'Naught, wool washing and drying machine; J. Petrie, jun. wool washing machine; Sir Joseph Whitworth, fluid compressed and other cast steel.

'Signed, Richard Peacock (Messrs. Beyer and Peacock).

John Robinson (Messrs. Sharp, Stewart, and Co).

Osborne Reynolds, M A., Professor of Engineering, Owens College, Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge.

William Mather (Messrs. Mather and Platt)

Angus Smith, Ph.D., F.R.S., Government Inspector of Alkali Works.

John Leigh, M.R.C.S., Officer of Health for the City of Manchester. W. H. J. Traice (Bridgewater Trust).' [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1875/05/21
  2. Manchester Evening News, 21st August 1875