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J. Blakeborough and Sons

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October 1931.
1951. Steam reducing valves.
February 1959. Diaphragm Motor Valves.
Drain cover in London.
Drain cover.
Drain cover at Maden Dam - part of the Pirie Waterworks of 1910 to supply the King William's Town Water Works, South Africa
May 1969.
Manufacturers' plate found on machine in Johannesburg.

J. Blakeborough and Sons Ltd. of Brighouse, Yorkshire.

1828 Company founded.

1875 Patented a Fire Hydrant.[1]

1917 Private company.

1921 Joined Organisations with George Kent.[2]

1926 What was said to be the largest regulating valve ever made by any engineering firm in the world recently arrived at Durban from England. It was made by this company and was brought out for the new Shongweni Waterworks.[3]

1928 Company made public.

1931 Nuswift.

1940 Advert. Piston sleeve valves

1945 Advert. Stop valves

1960 Advert. Valves

1961 Iron and brass founders, hydraulic engineers and valve makers. Contractors to H.M. Government. 1,300 employees.[4]

1970s A member of the Hopkinsons Holdings Group of Companies.

Drain cover in Lancaster Gate, London seen in 2007

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1875/05/14
  2. The Engineer 1921/11/18
  3. The Engineer 1926/03/12
  4. * 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p156
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p190
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1960. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p190