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Baxendale and Co

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May 1928.
September 1950.
June 1951.
Generator on Showman's Engine.

Ironmongers and manufacturers, of Miller Street, Manchester.

1863 Company established.

1899 Announce they are going in to the manufacture of motor tricycles.[1]

1903 A series of photographs taken in 1903 show Baxendale's structural steel department, accessed from Kenyon Street (off Rochdale Road). No doubt good work was done there despite the primitive conditions. The photographs are available online in the Manchester City Council Images Collection. Despite appearances, the main shop was not derelict, as it can be seen that the lineshaft is running in one photograph[2]. The lineshaft was powered by a gas engine located in the wooden shed on the left. Gas also provided what might, with some exaggeration, be called 'illumination'. Evidently some new machinery was being installed. Plate planing machine on right. Other photos show more machines [3] [4] [5] [6]

1914 Lead manufacturers, brass founders, furniture manufacturers, electrical manufacturers, glass bevellers and silverers, embossers and lead light workers, sanitary, gas, water, steam and electric fittings, hardware merchants, oil and paint warehousemen, plumbers', decorators' and builders' merchants etc. Employees 1,250. [7]

Generator on Showman's engine seen at Dorset Steam Fair 2007. Electrical engineers.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar 1899/02/25
  2. [1] Manchester City Council Image Ref m59157
  3. [2]Image Ref m59158
  4. [3] Image Ref m59160: Note the modest Drawing Office in the background. No doubt shed loads of work was done there
  5. [4] Image Ref m59159
  6. [5]Image Ref m59162, showing an indoor workshop, with a blacksmith's hearth, iron staircases (fire escapes) in course of manufacture, and items such as floor grating, handrail pillars in evidence.
  7. 1914 Whitakers Red Book