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North Moor Foundry Co

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1869. Brakell's patent fan.
1869. Compound horizontal engine.
April 1870.
January 1880.
June 1880.

of Oldham, maker of stationary engines. [1]

1852 Company established by Christian Schiele

However, according to a notice published by C. Schiele and Co in 1863, "Mr. Schiele never was a member of the North Moor Foundry Company, such Company being composed of persons who were formerly in the employ of Mr. Schiele, and to whom Mr. Schiele granted licences on royalty for his old Patent Fan of 1851, and Turbines of 1852 and 1855, and which licences Mr. Schiele withdrew in January of this year (i.e. 1863)."

1853 Patent. '2892. To Christian Schiele, of North Moor Foundry, Oldham, in the county of Lancaster, Engineer, for the invention of "improvements in preventing undue oscillation in engines, machinery, carriages, and other apparatus."[2]

1860 Schiele & Williams of the North Moor Foundry Co supplied a steam turbine-driven ventilating machine for the troop ship Indus. The impulse turbine and the double flow centrifugal fan were on the same shaft, and discharged 600,000 lbs of air per hour.[3]. French navy engineer M. Benazé visited England to study engineering developments and produced a drawing, dated 1865, showing an example of a Schiele and Williams turbine-driven ventilation blower (described as a 'Ventilateur à vapeur de M Schiele et William').[4]. The drawing shows a central-entry impulse turbine direct coupled to a double low impeller. Butterly valves were provided at the inlet and outlet of the fan casing.

Trip to England by navy engineer : Steam blower by Mr. Schiele and Mr. William. Brest 1865

1862 Description and illustrations of Christian Schiele's patent turbines made by the North Moor Foundry Co. The vanes are described as being similar to Jonval's, but with the water entering the runner's vanes at the centre and leaving at both ends (i.e. double exit), so as to avoid imposing a thrust load on the drive shaft. Guide passages could be isolated individually to reduce output, giving good part-load efficiency.[5]

1862 Patent notice 1568 to Christopher Brakell, William Hoehl, and William Gunther, Engineers, all of The North Moor Foundry Company, Oldham, in the county of Lancaster, for the invention of "improvements in steam and other motive engines."[6]

1862 Awarded a medal for their steam 'turbins' and fans at the 1862 London Exhibition.[7]

1863 Patent. '2429. To William Hoehl, Christopher Brakell, and William Gunther, of the North Moor Foundry Company, Oldham, in the county of Lancaster, for the invention of "improvements in rotary engines worked by steam, water, or other motive power."'[8]

1863 Maker of Platt and Schiele's Compound High Pressure Fans.

1863 'Opening Letters. In Vice-Chancellor Stuart's Court, on Saturday, a motion was made for an injunction to restrain the defendants, Messrs. Christopher Brakell, William Hoehl, and William Gunther, who carry on business as engineers in copartnership, at the North Moor Foundry, Oldham, from receiving, retaining, or opening any letters or letter addressed "C. Schiele" or "Schiele and Co.," "C. Schiele and Co.," "Platt and Schiele," or otherwise addressed to the plaintiff, Christian Schiele, or the plaintiff's firm of "C. Schiele and Co." In giving judgment, the Vice-Chancellor said that the plaintiffs, Christian Schiele and Frederick Hessemer were interested in certain patents. As to some of those patents, they had granted exclusive licences to the defendants, none of whom had the name of Schiele or Platt. Notwithstanding, the defendants had persisted in opening letters addressed to "Christian Schiele," "Schiele and Co.," and " Platt and Schiele," North Moor Foundry, Oldham. These letters had not upon them the names of any of the defendants. The defendants, therefore, prima facie, had no right to open the letters so addressed to the plaintiffs. That was a proposition so plain, that he should have thought it could scarcely be contended against. But it was said that, because in some of the plaintiffs' patents the defendants had an interest, the latter had a right to open the plaintiffs' letters addressed to the North Moor Foundry, in order to see whether those letters referred to such patents. But that also was a proposition which was not maintainable. The defendants might have had such a right if it had been given to them by the plaintiffs, but such was not the case. But, further, the defendants had tried to make use of the letters addressed to the plaintiffs for their own advantage. He thought, therefore, there ought to be an injunction, as stated above, and to restrain the defendants from making use of the plaintiffs' letters to their own advantage.'[9]

1865 Patent notice 465 by Christopher Brakell, William Hoehl, and William Gunther, of the North Moor Foundry Company, Oldham, in the county of Lancaster, for an invention of " an improved composition as a substitute for leather or other similar materials."[10]

1868 'Knife roller' cotton gin constructed by the North Moor Foundry Co described and illustrated [11]

1869 Maker of Brakell's patent fan (see advert)

1870 "NOTICE is hereby given, that the trustee under a certain deed of assignment for benefit of creditors, executed by Christopher Brakell, William Hoehl, and William Gunther, all of Oldham, in the county of Lancaster, Engineers, carrying on business in copartnership together,under the style or firm of The North Moor Foundry Company, on the 27th day of November, 1868, will, on the 1st day of March next, or as soon thereafter as conveniently may be, make a First and Final Dividend under the said deed of the estate and effects of the said Christopher Brakell, William Hoehl, and William Gunther, among those creditors whose debts shall then have been admitted; and all creditors who have not already sent in particulars of their debts must, before the said 1st day of March next, send in particulars of the same to the under-signed, and be prepared, if required, to prove the same,otherwise they will be excluded from the benefit of the said Dividend"[12]

1880 Two 75 HP beam engines for Oxford Sewage Disposal Works, Littlemore. Photographed by George Watkins in 1948. One of the engines was running at all times, the other kept warmed in readiness for storm demand. The two engines performed the whole duty for Oxford for 80 years.[13]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:23 December 1853 Issue:21505 Page:3763
  3. The Practical Mechanic's Journal, March 1861
  4. [1] [2] finemodelships website: Atlas du Génie Maritime. See index for links to drawings
  5. [3] The Engineer, 7 Feb 1862, p.92
  6. London Gazette 20 Jun 1862
  7. Morning Post, 12 July 1862
  8. The London Gazette Publication date:16 October 1863 Issue:22780 Page:4937
  9. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 6 June 1863
  10. London Gazette 28 Feb 1868
  11. [4] Engineering, 17 April 1868
  12. London Gazette 8 Feb 1870
  13. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 6, South Midlands, by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing, 1993, Plate 122