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A. G. Mumford

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1883. Mumford's donkey pump.
1886.Marine Pumping Engine.
1888. For Chatham Dockyard.
1889. From Engineering of 13th December.
1890. Compound engines for Malta Dockyard.
1903. Compound surface-condensing marine engine.
c.1900 - 1912 forced draft fan engine from an Admiralty steam pinnace, at London Science Museum
c1900. William Bertie Curtis - standing alongside a triple expansion steam engine.
c1900. William Bertie Curtis - standing alongside a triple expansion steam engine.
c1900. Triple expansion steam engine detail.
1928. A. G. Mumford marine engine at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle
1929.Horizontal Oil Fuel Pressure Pump.
1929. High Speed Centricone.
1929. Vertex Pump.
Mumford Donkey Pump at Westonzoyland Museum
Mumford Donkey Pump at Westonzoyland Museum
1931.Vertex Steam Driven Reciprocating Pump.
1931. 10in. Steam Driven Centrifugal Pump.
1950. Tandem compound high speed engine.
1950. A steam donkey pump. Arthur's favorite.
1950. A pair of triple expansion engines.
1950. Mumford's rotary piston engine.

A. G. Mumford, maker of steam and oil enginers, boilers, pumps, of Culver Street Ironworks, Colchester.

1877 Arthur George Mumford returned to England from Germany and took over the old works of Davey, Paxman and Co when they moved to the Standard Ironworks. He had shared the works with them previously. Making ironwork for sewerage undertakings, pumping machinery for waterworks and small marine engines.

1884 Supplied the ironwork for Colchester Water Tower.

1888 Compound Yacht Engine. [1]

1889 Steam launch engines. [2]

1890 Illustration and article of their steam ballast pump using Mumford and Dalby's patent valve gear. [3]

1900 July 20th. Vertical Compound Surface-Condensing Engine for HM Dockyard at Chatham. Illustrations and article. [4]

1905 Company incorporated as a private limited company; other directors were Engineer Lieutenant Alfred Burner, late R.N ., Engineer-Inspector at the Admiralty, and Alfred Anthony, a long term employee of Mr Mumford's.[5]

Much of the work of this company was for the Admiralty. They produced a complete range small compound surface condensing marine engines. There were also some larger engines suitable for yachts, tugs and cargo boats.

1920 Public company[6]. A. G. Mumford retired from the chairmanship but remained on the board.

1922 A. G. Mumford and Co, manufacturer of air, oil fuel, and feed pumps.

Boiler feed pump. Exhibit at Bradford Industrial Museum

Known for his donkey pump, an example of which can be seen at Westonzoyland Museum

1933 The founder died and the goodwill was acquired by G. and J. Weir


  • No. 3 steam boiler feed pump without a date. (Exhibit at Birmingham Thinktank museum)

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Sources of Information

  • Steam Engine Builders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1950 by The Augustine Steward Press