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Joseph Booth and Brothers

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Commissioned in 1961. Painted in Oils by Terence Cuneo. Now owned by Wellman Booth.
June 1888. Cranes and lifting machinery.
December 1889.
September 1902.
February 1911.
1914. 62 ton travelling derrick crane.
1928. 3 ton level luffing crane.
1932. Erecting Shop.
1932. Girder Shop.
1932. Machine Shop.
1945. Air-operated steam coaling crane.
Manual overhead crane at Twyford Waterworks
Booth & Bros winch at Twyford Waterworks
c1977. Sunderland 27 gear cutting machine.
c 1977. Richards' WB40 Horizontal Boring Machine.
c 1977. View of main fitting shop.

Joseph Booth and Brothers of Rodley, nr Leeds were engineers.

1847 January. Jeremiah Booth sold his one-third interest in Balmforth, Smith and Co to his two partners[1] and started on his own account in adjacent works at Rodley - presumably this was the company which became Joseph Booth and Brothers.

1847 company established. It was one of the first to introduce steam cranes and pioneered the introduction of overhead cranes[2]

1870 Booth Brothers (Joseph and Jeremiah), Union Foundry, Rodley[3]

1888 Three-ton Locomotive Steam Crane for Spanish Railways. [4]

1897 Incorporated as a Limited Company.

1911 Issued catalogue dealing with cranes and lifting machinery of all types. [5]

1913 Advert. "Cranes are our speciality". [6]

1914 Engineers, Crane Manufacturers. Specialities: cranes of all descriptions and sizes operated by electric, steam, hydraulic and hand power, electric capstans, haulage gear etc., electric dynamos and motors etc. [7]

1919 Servicing of cranes. [8]

1927 Limited company formed of the same name to take over the business

1935 They acquired Leeds Engineering and Hydraulic Co

1937 Clyde Crane and Booth was formed, to acquire the whole or any part of Clyde Crane and Engineering Co and Joseph Booth and Brothers and to carry on the business of crane and girder manufacturers and engine builders[9].

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 19 January 1847
  2. The Times, 26 November 1937
  3. White's Directory of Leeds & the West Riding, 1870
  4. The Engineer of 6th April 1888 p277 & p280
  5. The Engineer of 22nd December 1911 p650
  6. Mechanical World Year Book 1913. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p65
  7. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  8. Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p111
  9. The Times, 26 November 1937