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James C. Kay and Co

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of Phoenix Foundry, Brook Foundry and Heap Bridge Foundry, Bury

J C Kay & Co See also James Clarkson Kay

Maker of stationary engines. [1]

1847 Non-condensing pumping engine for Tettenhall (Wolverhampton Waterworks)[2]

1865 of Phoenix Foundry, Bury. Design and execution of steam engines

1865 500 HP engines, named 'Industry' and 'Perseverance' for the Wellington Mill, Elton of the Bury Co-operative Manufacturing Co.[3]

c.1867 Twin six column beam engine at Dancers End (Chiltern Water Co.)[4]. Now installed at Kew Bridge Steam Museum

1905 Advert. Machine cut and machine moulded wheels. Rope and Strap pulleys. Fly wheels and friction clutches. Of Brook Foundry, Bury. [5]

1913 Advert for Disc friction clutch and machinery. Of Heap Bridge Foundry, Bury. [6]

One notable employee was James Sharples, who worked there as a boy, and became a fine self-taught amateur engraver, best known for his engraving 'The Forge'.[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  2. 'The Artizan' Vol XIV, p.155
  3. Bury Times, 7 January 1865
  4. Plate 36, 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 6: The South Midlands', by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing Ltd
  5. Mechanical World Year Book 1905. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p380
  6. Mechanical World Year Book 1913. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p429
  7. Dundee, Perth, Forfar, and Fife's People's Journal - Saturday 26 May 1860