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Crane at St. Kitts Sugar Corporation (St. Kitts and Nevis). Has been moved to St. Kitts Scenic Railway.
1911-1918. No. 8240. 10 ton steam shunting crane. Nb, Very late for a chain roped machine.
1911-1918. No.6473. 30-ton locomotive steam crane.
1911-1918. No.7390. 4-ton dockside crane.
1911-1918. No.7550. 7-ton steam shunting crane.
1911-1918. No.8140. 5-ton double-bogie type breakdown crane.
1911-1918. No.8156. Locomotive steam travelling crane.
1937. Isles Ltd Leyland service engineering works on the corner of Bradford Road and Cross Harrison Street, Stanningley.
13-ton hand-cranked Isles steam crane on a short 4-wheel bogey at Leeds and Middleton Railway (2008).
Fly-wheel on above crane.
Jib on above crane (2014).
Cast iron gas lamp with copper top converted to electricity in a garden in Pool in Wharfdale (2008).

Prospect Works / Foundry, Stanningley, near Leeds.

1854 Job Isles commenced in business at Farsley.

1869 Company established.

1882 April. Report of a break-in at the factory.[1]

1888 Steam crane for the Darlington Wagon and Engineering Co

1892 December. Report of a small fire at the core drying shed at Mr. Job Isles' Prospect Foundry.[2]

1893 Incorporated as a Limited Company.

1914 Manufacturers of electric, steam and hand-power cranes of every description suitable for docks, shipbuilders, contractors, quarries etc. [3]

1925 They appointed John Cawley and Co as their London agents.[4]

1928 The firm became a Leyland Lorry Distributor in 1928 and left the Crane Manufacturing business.[5]

1943 Gertrude Agnes Isles laid a foundation stone to commemorate the extension of the premises that at that time had 150 employees making munitions for WWII. [6]

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Sources of Information

  1. Leeds Times - Saturday 01 April 1882
  2. Leeds Times - Saturday 03 December 1892
  3. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  4. The Engineer 1925/09/18
  5. C. Capewell
  6. Information provided by David Wood