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Joseph Whitham and Son

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Iron manufacturers of Perseverance Works, Kirkstall Road, Leeds.

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One of the first manufacturers in Leeds to make processing machinery for the leather trade.[1]

Maker of stationary engines. [2]

1839 25 HP beam engine supplied to Kirkstall Forge Co to drive a 14" mill, guide mill, helve hammer and water pump. It served until 1921 [3]

c.1840 Thomas Greenwood worked at the Perseverance Works for a short time.

1861 Leather machinery available consisted of bark mills, leather rolling mills and splitting machines.[4]

1873 Two beam engines for Nottingham Waterworks, Bestwood Pumping Station. Photographed by George Watkins in 1935. Note: G Watkins refers to the maker as Joseph Whitham & Co., but the nameplate in the photograph says 'Joseph Whitham & Sons' [5]

1876 Members of the Iron and Steel Institute visited their ironworks [6]

1885 Advert for sale of works and machinery[7]

1885 Greenwood and Batley branched out into Flour and Oil Milling Machinery by acquiring the business of Joseph Whitham and Son of the Perseverance Iron Works, Kirkstall Road, Leeds

See here [8] for more information.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Early Leather Trades' Engineers of Leeds, Part III. Joseph Hall and Co by T. Lyons
  2. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  3. 'The History of Kirkstall Forge Through Seven Centuries 1200 - 1945 A.D.' Note: The book refers to Joseph Witham & Co, which is assumed to be a spelling mistake
  4. Measom. The Official Illustrated Guide to the Great Northern Railway (1861) p. 446.
  5. 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 5: The North Midlands', by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing Ltd
  6. The Engineer of 15th August 1876 p180
  7. Newcastle Journal - Monday 16 March 1885
  8. [1] Leeds Engine website - A Brief History of the Whitham Family Companies