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Griffin, Morris and Griffin

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of Ceres Works, Wolverhampton

Probably connected with Morris and Griffin.

1862 'The Ceres Works, Wolverhampton.— Entertainment in Celebration of their Extension.—On Tuesday evening last, Messrs. Griffin, Morris and Griffin, proprietors of the Ceres Artificial Manure, &c, Works, in this town, having recently made considerable extensions, to enable them to meet the increased demand for their articles, gave a dinner to nearly 100 of their workpeople, at the Junction Inn, Stafford-road, in celebration of the event. The extensions already made consist chiefly of the substitution of an engine 120 horse power, for a smaller one of 40 horse power, and the erection of five additional grinding mills, with the necessary engine-house and other buildings. It is intended to connect these large works with the London and North Western Railway, by means of a siding, which will run into the premises, the object being to enable the proprietors supply their customers with greater dispatch than they are at present capable of realising, and, besides, to acquire greater facilities for the delivery of the raw material, and whatever other goods they may require at the Ceres Works. This siding, from which Messrs. Griffin, Morris, and Griffin confidently expect important results to flow, will, it is expected, be complete in the course of a few weeks. As the new engine is constructed on an entirely new principle (which is secured by patent to its manufacturer's — Messrs. Claridge, North and Co., of Millfields), it may be briefly described. It is a condensing expansive engine, and is thoroughly strong and well-proportioned. Its speed is not governed, as is usual by variable valve, but by Claridge and Co's patent selfa-cting variable expansive gear, the operation being performed by the governor upon a piece of mechanism, which, though very simple and delicate, is not at all liable to derangement. The expansion is effected in a way different from that of engines constructed on a different principle — the steam being cut off close to the ports of the cylinder, and as no throttle valve is used, there is an entire absence of wire drawing the steam, and consequently the maximum advantage is obtained. Besides the workmen, a number of females, who are employed in different departments at the Ceres Works, were entertained by the firm, on Tuesday. The repast was a most bountiful one, and was supplemented by an excellent dessert, which, being unexpected, was, almost of necessity, the more heartily enjoyed. The room where the men were feasted was tastefully decorated, and a party of musicians — the Wolverhampton Saxhorn Classic Band — were engaged for the occasion. Both men and women were respectably attired, and conducted themselves with marked propriety throughout the proceedings. In the absence of Mr. Griffin, Mr. John Morris presided, and Mr. A. Griffin filled the vice-chair.' [1]

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  1. Hereford Times - Saturday 22 November 1862