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B. and S. Massey

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January 1866.
April 1870.
June 1872.
January 1880.
June 1880.
1886. Steam hammer with wrought iron standards.
June 1888. Steam hammers.
December 1889.
3CWT Pneumatic Hammer Detail.
3CWT Pneumatic Hammer.
5CWT Pneumatic Hammer Detail.
5CWT Pneumatic Hammer.
5CWT Pneumatic Hammer Detail.
Steam hammer at Chatham Dockyard
Electric Pneumatic Power Hammer. 1906.
1909. Friction drop stamp battery.
1932. Trimming Presses for Stampings.
February 1959.
7-ton Massey steam hammer, ex-Doncaster’s Ltd, in car park near Blaenavon Ironworks site. See Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
30-cwt steam hammer. Exhibit at Chatham Dockyard.
Exhibit at Chatham Dockyard.
Exhibit at the National Slate Museum.

B & S Massey's steam hammers of Openshaw, Manchester.

1860 Company founded by Benjamin Massey and Stephen Massey.

1869 Advert. Steam hammers. [1]

1889 Patent compound steam forging press. [2]

1900 Tire Hammer for railway Wheels. Article and Illustration in The Engineer. [3]

1911 Expansion Valve Gear for Steam Hammers. [4]

1912 Became private company.

1915: 'BELGIAN KILLED AT ENGINEERING WORKS. A verdict of accidental death was returned an inquest held by the City Deputy Coroner (Mr. C. W. W. Surridge), today, on a Belgian named Nicholas Fastre (47), of Old Lane, Higher Openshaw, who was killed at Messrs. B. and S. Massey Ltd., engineers, of Openshaw. Fastre and another Belgian were engaged Wednesday in removing a steam hammer weighing about 2½ tons when the hammer fell forward and dropped on Fastre. It was stated by Mr. Leonard Massey, director of the firm that they employed large numbers of men, and this was only the third fatality at the works in fifty years.'[5]

1920 April. Issued catalogue on steam hammers. [6]

1946 Became public company.

1961 Engineers, manufacturing pneumatic and steam hammers, drop stamps, forging presses, screw presses, furnaces and tyre fixing rolls for railway locomotives and wagons. [7]

1968 Hydrostamp machine for dies installed at Ruston and Hornsby. [8]

1972 Received support for a project on a hydrostamp press, from government programme for the machine tool industry [9]

Note: Steam Hammer exhibited at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Bradshaw’s Railway Manual 1869
  2. The Engineer 1889/05/31 p468
  3. The Engineer 1900/09/21 p300
  4. The Engineer 1911/08/25 p211
  5. Manchester Evening News, 15th October 1915
  6. The Engineer 1920/04/30 p458
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. The Engineer 1968/08/06 p362
  9. The Times, Mar 15, 1972