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John Tinsley

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Exhibit at Beamish Museum.
Exhibit at Beamish Museum.
Exhibit at Beamish Museum.
Exhibit at Beamish Museum.

John Tinsley of 9 Victoria Road and Nestfield Works, Darlington

The Nestfield Works were originally occupied by the Blake Boiler, Wagon and Engineering Co

1908 'We understand that the directors of John Tinsley, Ltd., Darlington, have decided to make extensive additions to their shops and manufacturing plant. The company manufacture winches and hauling gear, both steam and electric driven for colliery work: also donkey winches for ships use, winches for shipyard and slipway hauling gears. In view of the increasing orders for plant, the company have taken the step mentioned.'[1]

1914 Directory: Listed as Marine Engineers.[2]

1957 Maker of colliery winding gear. Acquired by Norcros

1962 'The former chairman and managing director of John Tinsley Ltd, the Darlington engineering and mining firm. Mr. Robert Lesley Clark, has died in hospital. Mr Clark who succeeded his father as chairman...'[3]

Tinsley steam (or maybe compressed air) winch. 5 bore x 7 stroke of each of the two cylinders. No: 2207. Date: 28/12/1946. Held by Markham Grange Steam Museum

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Sources of Information

  1. Newcastle Evening Chronicle - Tuesday 22 December 1908
  2. Kelly's Directory of Durham, 1914 p660
  3. Newcastle Evening Chronicle - Monday 23 July 1962