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John Taylor and Sons (Mining Engineers)

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Mining engineers of 6 Queen Street Place, London EC (1871)

1796 John Taylor improvised a mechanised copper ore crusher at Wheal Friendship, a mine just outside Tavistock. This machine was improved over time and became widely adopted; it was known as the "Cornish rolls".

1799 The firm was founded by John Taylor (later F.R.S., M.Inst.C.E.) at Tavistock.

Moved to Bury Court, St. Mary Axe, London.

1825 John Taylor was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

1845 John Taylor (1808-1881) came to London to join his father, John Taylor (1779-1863) as a partner.

1849 Occupied the 6 Queen Street Place address.

1851 Richard Taylor (1810-1883) came to London and was admitted into partnership with his father and brother.

1853 Took on the management of the Linares Mining Company

1871 John Taylor (1841-1920) became a partner in the company with his father John and uncle Richard. He pioneered Indian gold mining[1]

1899 Henry Claude Taylor (c.1873-1933) was admitted into partnership[2]

1902 Arthur Taylor became a member of the firm[3]

1905 Robert Taylor presented a report on behalf of the company[4]

1908 Death of Frank Taylor head of the firm and of the Sandycroft Foundry Co, machinery manufacturers[5].



  • Note:

Another firm of similar name, John Taylor and Sons, were civil engineers, based in Westminster; they designed many water and sewerage schemes.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Sep 02, 1920
  2. The Times, Jul 01, 1899
  3. The Times, Mar 25, 1902
  4. The Times Jun 16, 1905
  5. The Times, Dec 29, 1908