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C. H. Bailey

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April 1952.

of The Tyne Engine works, Newport, Mons. The Tyne Engine works was a ship repair specialist

1882 Company founded.

1883 Dissolution of the Partnership between Charles Henry Bailey and Edwin James Spittle, in the business of Marine Engineers, Boiler Makers, Shipsmiths, and GeneralShip Repairers, carried on at the Tyne Engine Works, near the Alexandra Docks, Newport, in the county of Monmouth. The business was carried on by Charles Henry Bailey alone[1]

c.1892 William Graham joined the works

1907 Charles H. Bailey died.

WWI: Small corners of the yard were used for the manufacture of shell parts - it was close to the Uskside National Works

The firm probably continued with its marine engineering operations in parallel with munitions work.

c.1917 William Graham became managing partner

1923 Private company formed - C. H. Bailey, Graham and Co.

1932 Death of William Graham

At some point Charles' son, George B. Bailey, succeeded to the leadership of the firm.

1938 Name changed to C.H. Bailey Ltd.

1946 Public company.

1950s Group Captain George B. Bailey was responsible for starting dry dock operations in Malta.

c.1986 The company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

George Bailey was succeeded by his son, Christopher, who was the father of the present chairman.

1959 Subsidiary company took on lease.

1961 Ship repairers, engineers and dry dock proprietors. 1,500 employees. [2]

Until the early 1960s, the company was engaged primarily in owning and operating dry docks, ship repairing and heavy engineering. While the company’s first dry dock operations were in Newport, it also operated in Barry, Cardiff, Swansea, Port Talbot, on the Mersey, and in Bristol and Malta. The head office remains in Newport, South Wales.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the group diversified into transport, leisure, and electrical contracting. The engineering and dry dock activities became Bailey Industrial Engineering part of C. H. Bailey plc

Location - See here for a location map and a remarkable photograph of a locomotive and wagon exiting the imposing 'shop front'[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 16 Feb 1883
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  3. [1] GGAT 130: The Sinews of War: South East Wales Industry and The First World War, 2015, Report for CADW by Johnny Crawford. See p.79
  • GGAT 130: The Sinews of War: South East Wales Industry and The First World War, 2015, by Johnny Crawford
  • [2] C H Bailey