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Edward Bennis and Co

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July 1895. The Westminster Engine, Bennis, Bolton.
Bennis ’Westminster’ engine at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station
June 1898.
February 1901.
January 1902.
January 1919.
December 1929.

of Bolton, Manchester, London and Glasgow. [1]

of Little Hulton, Deansgate, Bolton.

of 28 Victoria Street, London SW.

of Lancashire Stoker Wks., Bolton

1870 Mr. Edward Bennis joined Mr. Dillwyn Smith, of Philadelphia, and established works to develop the sprinkler type of mechanical stoker. This was followed by a self-cleaning compressed air furnace and a commercial stoker and furnace

1875 Bennis gained a patent on a mechanical stoker[2].

1879 Company founded

1887 Bennis brought a legal case against James Proctor for infringement of his patent on mechanical stoker; judgement against Bennis but granted leave to appeal[3].

1888 Proctor's case to defend his patent was upheld[4].

1893 Smelter Joseph Young bought a partnership in the business and later became MD.[5]

1897 June 8th A letter was sent to Joseph Thomas Elrington, who was Foreman Pattern Maker, from Herbert Barlow, who had been with the company for two years. It was a reference to aid his future employment since Joseph (Tom) Elrington apparently sustained an eye injury from a wood splinter and was unable to continue in his job.

1911 Electrical Exhibition. Complete coal and ash handling plant. [6]

1911 Catalogue on stokers of the sprinkler type; stokers of the coking type; chaingrate stokers and self-cleaning furnaces for colliery waste. [7]

1917 Advert. Mechanical stokers. [8]

1926 Mr J. G. McLean was no longer in their service.[9]

1935 Became public company. See Bennis Combustion Ltd.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1899 Advert.
  2. Glasgow Herald, 1 March 1887
  3. Glasgow Herald, 1 March 1887
  4. The Leeds Mercury, 30 January 1888
  5. IMechE application for SJY
  6. The Engineer 1911/09/29 p329
  7. The Engineer 1911/11/24 p550
  8. 1917 Worrall's Yorkshire Textile Directory Advert p118
  9. The Engineer 1926/04/02