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George Adlam and Sons

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1900. 25-hp single-cylinder horizontal engine built and installed in Wadworth’s Brewery in Devizes, Wiltshire.
Adlam steam-driven pump. This is now in store at Bristol's 'M Shed', having been formerly on display at its predecessor, Bristol Industrial Museum.
c.1860 belt-driven pump in the reserve collection at Bristol's 'M Shed', previously used in breweries in Norfolk

G. Adlam & Sons of Bristol

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Adlam's had four factories in Bristol, finally consolidating at Fishponds. An interesting 1923 account of the company and its factories is available online[1] [2]

1861 Employing 20 men and 14 boys.[3]

1881 Employing 200 men and 27 boys.[4]

1894 Brewer’s Exhibition. Wooden vats for brewers [5]

1908 Private company.

1928 Company made public.

1961 Specialists in complete maltings, breweries and bottling plants. Plant for maltings include, barley and malt handling and cleaning plants, grain conveyors, floor and saladin malting systems and high capacity kilns. Plant for breweries include, infusion or decoction systems, pressure fermentation, open formenters, air conditioning and storage tanks. Bottling plant includes, "Redox" process, conditioning and cold rooms, for the food, dairy and confectionery trades.[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1]Company history and description of works (1923)
  2. [2] Hank Adlam’s website
  3. 1861 Census
  4. 1881 Census
  5. The Engineer of 2nd November 1894 p388
  6. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE