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Newall Engineering Co

From Graces Guide
1903. Newall Measuring Machine.


April 1946.
August 1946.
1946. Hydraulically- Operated Jig Borer.
November 1947.
December 1947.

of Atherton's Quay, Warrington

of Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, London, E.17. (1922)

of Ponders End

of Old Fletton, Peterborough

c.1890/1900 Company founded, as gauge manufacturers

1901 John Edward Storey became works manager, and shortly afterwards became general manager. In this position be introduced and commenced to manufacture the Newall limit-gauges, extensively used in connexion with war work. External and internal micrometers and a measuring machine were also made, all of his design. It was through his work with this firm that he was invited to become a member of the Engineering Standards Committee

1907 Stanley Theocletus Mercer of Newall Engineering Co., Atherton's Quay, Warrington, listed as a Graduate Member of the IMechE in the 1907 list of members.

1909 Peter Hooker Ltd purchased the complete business: plant, stock, patents and goodwill of Newall, who were making limit gauges, measuring machines, micrometers, surface plates etc.[1]. Hooker moved the business from Warrington to Walthamstow.

During the later part of WW1 the metrology part of the business was taken over and operated as one of the National Gauge Factories by the Ministry of Munitions. In February 1919 it was reported in Flight Magazine that it had now reverted to Peter Hooker Limited. A new general manager had been appointed, R. J. Bray, previously Director of the Machine Tool Section, Aircraft Production Department.

1922 Proprietors: Peter Hooker Limited. Manufacturer of standard and limit gauges, screw thread gauges, micrometers, measuring machines.

1928 The metrology business of Peter Hooker Ltd was bought by Sydney Player, who became chairman and managing director[2]. He set up a new operation at Ponders End, Essex, using the old name, Newall Engineering Company Limited.

1933 Player added machine tools to the catalogue of products.

1935 New factory established at Peterborough, moving away from Ponders End. The principal machine tool products were mechanical lapping machines and thread grinding machines used in all types of precision engineering.

1936 Public company.

1950s The Newall Engineering Limited in Peterborough made 35mm studio cine cameras, made under licence from the Mitchell Camera Corporation.[3]

1961 Engineers, manufacturing machine tools, thread and plain grinding machines, jig boring, lapping and other machine tools used for precision and production engineering. Also manufacture optical inspection equipment, pneumatic gauging and machine tool control equipment. 1,000 employees. [4]

1962 Subsidiaries included[5]:

An associate company was

  • Stockdale Newall Machine Tools

1964 New holding company established - Newall Machine Tool[6]

1968 Angle-approach cylindrical grinder. [7]

1968 Agreement with Burgmaster of USA to licence their machining technology for sales in Europe. Established a wholly-owned subsidiary Newall-Burgmaster, with premises in Croydon, to offer a full range of machining centres[8]

1972 Received support for a project on a grinding machine from government programme for the machine tool industry [9]

1972 In the face of unexpected losses, the company closed 2 factories in Peterborough[10]

1976 Group back in profit[11]

1977 Specialised in circular grinding machines. Acquired by B. Elliott and Co which wanted to expand in areas of high technology such as Newall's[12]

Became Danobat Newall

Interesting information about the company's history and products here [13]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] Wikipedia entry for Peter Hooker
  2. The Times, Jul 03, 1936
  3. [2] National Media Museum website - Newall 35mm studio camera
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. The Times, Jul 23, 1962
  6. The Times, Jun 29, 1964
  7. The Engineer of 5th July 1968 p31
  8. The Times, Jul 16, 1968
  9. The Times, Mar 15, 1972
  10. The Times, Sep 16, 1972
  11. The Times, Jan 15, 1977
  12. The Times, May 05, 1977
  13. [3] NEWALL ENGINEERING – 1900 to 1988