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May and Mountain

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1876.

Suffolk Works, Berkley Street, Birmingham.

formerly Walter May and Co

Charles George Mountain became a partner

1870 'BIRMINGHAM WORK FOR RUSSIA. Several Birmingham manufacturers have lately been entrusted with important commissions for the internal fittings of a series of steam pleasure yachts now building on the Volga for the Russian Government. The fittings for the first of these yachts have just been completed, and will this week be packed for their destination. The engines, boilers, &c., have been executed Messrs. May and Mountain, and the principal part of the massive and elegant brass work, as also the candle brackets for the state-rooms, and the elaborate pendants for lighting the saloon (with kerosine) were manufactured by Mr. J. P. Marrian, of the Trident Works, Slaney Street. The grand saloon will be fitted with sixty beautiful papier-mache panels, which have been produced in the art department of Messrs. McCallum and Hodson, of the Japan Works, Summer Row. ....[1]

1877 His son, William Charles Mountain, served his apprenticeship with the company.

1877 Walter May died; the successor company was C. G. Mountain

1880 'IN LIQUIDATION. RE C. G. MOUNTAIN, TRADING AS "MAY AND MOUNTAIN," SUFFOLK WORKS, BERKLEY STREET, BIRMINGHAM. IMPORTANT SALE OF EXTENSIVE AND COSTLY ENGINEERING PLANT, FIXED AND LOOSE MACHINERY IN LOTS, PATTERNS, DRAWINGS, GOODWILL OF THE TRADE, &c., &c.
MESSRS. JAMES & LISTER LEA & SON have received instructions from the Trustee, Mr. O. Holt Caldicott, to SELL by AUCTION, on the Premises, as above, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, and FRIDAY NEXT, on the 11th, 12th and 13th August, AT ELEVEN O'CLOCK EACH DAY TO THE MINUTE,
The whole of the valuable PLANT at Suffolk Works, Berkley Street, comprising thirteen Self-acting Break, Slide, Screw Cutting, Surfacing, Gap, anid other Lathes, by Beacock, Smith, and Tannett; Shepherd, Hill, and Co. Hutton and Macdonald ; Kershaw, Winn, Collins, and Co., &c. ; two large Vertical Drilling Machines, by Shepherd, Hill and Co. ; seven Planing, Shaping, Slotting, and Drilling Machines, by Beacock, Smith, and Tannett; W. Muir and Co; Winn, Collins, and Co. ; Fox's Screwing Machine, Low's patent Milling Machine, Parkinson's Brass Magneting Machine, three Grindstones, twelve pairs Weston's and Moore's Patent Pulley Blocks, twenty ton Wellington Traveller, four Foundry Cranes, Crab Winch ....'[2]

1882 Charles George Mountain disposed of his business to Messrs. Harfield and Co. of London; his son, W. C. Mountain, was offered the management but declined it.

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Sources of Information

  1. Aris's Birmingham Gazette - Saturday 24 December 1870
  2. Aris's Birmingham Gazette, 7 August 1880