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Bryan Donkin Co

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September 1909.
October 1909.
December 1910.
January 1911.
August 1912.
February 1913.
April 1913. Donkin gas valve.
February 1914.
Steam engine.
Steam engine.
Engine (detail).

of Lincoln Works, Chesterfield

1906 Private company Bryan Donkin and Clench was renamed as Bryan Donkin Co Ltd.

The business was originally established by Bryan Donkin (1768-1855).

1910 Bryan Donkin Co began the manufacture of turbo-exhausters and blowers based on the Rateau principle.

1914 Gas, mechanical and motor engineers. Specialities: gas exhausting plants, high pressure gas plants, Rateau gas fans, gas valves of all types, reducing governors, tar and liquor pumps, motor parts made for the trade. Employees 700. [1]

1920 Issued catalogue on diaphragm gas regulators. The company is of Chesterfield. [2]

1921 British Furnaces established on the Chesterfield site to design and supply furnaces; Donkins supplied parts to British Furnaces and owned a majority of shares in the company[3].

c.1928 Various engines for the Bath Gas Works, North Engine House.

1944 Acquired interest in George Waller and Son Ltd[4].

1949 B. H. D. Engineers formed as a public company to acquire Bryan Donkin and Co and W. C. Holmes and Co, to carry on business as mechanical, chemical and gasworks plant engineers and ironfounders[5].

1949 Sydney Bryan Donkin, great-grandson of the founder of the firm, was elected President of The Institution of Civil Engineers[6]

1961 Engineers and iron founders, manufacturing high pressure gas plants, compressors, valves, regulators, governors and pumps. [7]

1973 Hanson Trust acquired B.H.D. Engineers

1974 Hopkinsons Holdings acquired Bryan Donkin Co of Chesterfield, valve makers, from Hanson Trust[8]

--- of Lincoln (or does this refer to Lincoln Works?)

1961 Engineers and ironfounders, manufacturing high pressure gas plants, compressors, valves, regulators, governors and pumps. 1,000 employees.

1988 James Howden and Co acquired Bryan Donkin Blowers.

Bryan Donkin Valves Ltd of Chesterfield is now owned by the AVK Group founded in Denmark by Aage Valdemar Kjaer. AVK UK website

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Engineer of 27th Feb 1920 p208
  3. The Times, 11 February 1949
  4. The Times, 11 February 1949
  5. The Times, 11 February 1949
  6. The Smeatonians: The Society of Civil Engineers, By Garth Watson, 1989
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. The Times Apr 13, 1974