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Gilbert Gilkes and Co

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Waterworks Museum, Hereford: small double-vortex turbine design of the type patented by James Thompson in 1850. Note the four movable guide vanes. Originally installed at the Bryanston Estate near Blandford, Dorset, driving a 6 foot dia circular saw
Mid-1890s Vortex turbine at Hestercombe House, near Taunton, Somerset
June 1898.
August 1899.
February 1901.
January 1902. Turbines.
September 1902.
1903. 20 ft diameter Pelton Wheel at Cwm Avon tin plate works
November 1903.
Water turbine at Wortley Top Forge. Originally drove a 26 kW generator supplying electricity to High Mill, Skipton. 23 ft head.
Turbine Governor. Exhibit at Waddamana Power Station, Tasmania.
Turbine Governor. (Detail). Exhibit at Waddamana Power Station, Tasmania.

of Kendal.

Manufacturers of turbines and pumps.

1853 Company established.

1881 Gilbert Gilkes bought Williamson Brothers, makers of turbines[1]

1891 TILBERTHWAITE GREEN SLATE Co.'s QUARRIES. .... The new plant, being of an entirely novel kind and unique in the quarries in this district, has excited a good deal of interest. It consists of two powerful turbines, made by Messrs. Gilkes and Co., Kendal, by which the slate is raised to a height of about 150 feet, by an almost perpendicular double incline, to the banks, where its further manipulation is carried on. The turbines also drive pumps capable of lifting 50,000 gallons an hour. ...'[2]

1894 Company incorporated.

1895 Gilbert Gilkes acquired C. L. Hett.

1903 Two 20 ft diameter Pelton wheels for the Cwm Avon (Cwmavon) tinplate works of the Copper Miners' Tinplate Co. The available head was about 100 ft. Supply pipework 39" dia., supplied by T. Piggott and Co. 50 ton flywheel made by Price Engineering Co of Neath.[3]

1920 Gilbert Gilkes retired and his nephew Norman F. Wilson took over.

1921 Private company formed as Gilbert Gilkes and Co.

1928 Name changed to Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Lakeland Museum website
  2. Lakes Herald, 9 January 1891
  3. [2] The Engineer, 4 Dec 1903, pp.544-6