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Gaukroger, Sykes and Roberts

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of Halifax (1902 and 1910)

of Ormskirk (1909) - head office.

Steam valves, cocks, boiler mountings etc.

1897 Gaukroger, Sykes were brass and iron founders at New Bank, Halifax; moved to Spring Hall Lane, Halifax.

They rented space in Springhall Lane to R. E. Hattersley, allowing him to expand his tool-making business, R. E. Hattersley and Co

1897 Hattersley became secretary of Gaukroger, Sykes and Roberts.

1900 Gaukroger, Sykes and Roberts were in financial trouble; Hattersley took control and joined the 2 businesses together. He raised fresh capital and redirected the company towards high quality products that could be made and sold in large quantities.

1905 Gaukroger, Sykes and Roberts Limited were specialists in gun metal steam fittings and steam fitting manufacturers at Spring Hall Lane, Halifax. They had contracts from the Admiralty and the War Office including for the Fearnough renewable disc valve.

1906/7 Started supplying markets in South Africa and India

Opened a small head office in Ormskirk (where Hattersley lived) even though the works remained in Halifax

1910 Incorporated in United Brassfounders and Engineers

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] Science Museum
  • The Pegler-Hattersley Group. An historical review 1871-1971, by Hubert C. Nicholson, 1974