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Alexander Christie and Co

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of Castle Buildings, Sheaf Bridge, Sheffield

1824 Designed a novel high-pressure steam engine and erected it at Burdekin's anvil works, Sheffield [1] 'This engine is one of great simplicity, and is manufactured by persons of skill in and experience in construction....It is on a portable plan, and is calculated at only two-horse employed in working three pair of large bellows, and in turning an enormous grindstone.... the cylinder is seven inches in diameter.[2]

1826 Advertisement. 'ALEXANDER CHRISTIE & Co. ENGINEERS. CASTLE. BUILDINGS, SHEAFBRIDGE, SHEFFIELD, MANUFACTURER, all kinds of STEAM ENGINES, Boulton and Watt’s, or Woolfe’s condensing: principles; also Engines recently improved, the non-condensing principle, combining Economy of fuel and water, with capability of occasional increase of power to suit different kinds of work. LOCOMOTIVE ENGINES, of new construction requiring only 100 gallons of water per diem, for each horse’s power, peculiarly adapted for the use of Manufacturers, invented and made only by A. CHRISTIE and Co. Steam Engines. Machinery of all kinds, and Hydraulic Presses, altered or repaired In a superior manner, and with all practical expedition. January 2, 1826.' [3][4]

1831 Bankrupt. '...a Commission of Bankrupt, bearing date on or about the 30th day of April 1831, was awarded and issued forth against Alexander Christie, of Sheffield, in the County of York, Engineer and Steam Engine-Maker; this is to give notice, that the said Commission is, under the Great Seal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, superseded.'[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Fielden’s Magazine Vol 4
  2. History and progress of the Steam Engine By Elijah Galloway, Luke Hebert
  3. Sheffield Independent - Saturday 21 January 1826
  4. Stamford Mercury - Friday 23 June 1826
  5. The London Gazette Publication date:14 December 1832 Issue:19004 Page:2738