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R. Waygood and Co

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June 1888. Hydraulic presses.
December 1889.
1891. The Hastings Cliff Tramway.
1894. Automatic water saving lift and hoist.
August 1899.
February 1901.
January 1902.
September 1902.
December 1907.
1911. Waygood lifts.

of Beaminster (1833)

of Newington Ironworks (1876)

of Falmouth Road, Great Dover Street, London, SE. (1863), Lift and crane manufacturers

R. Waygood and Co of Vulcan Works, Coventry (1914)

1833 Business established in Beaminster, Dorset, by Richard Waygood

1835 Richard Waygood, Senior passed the Beaminster ironmongery business to his son Richard Waygood, Junior. Plans to establish an Iron and Brass foundry.[1]

John Marsh Day joined the business.

1840 Company moved to London.

1848 Mentioned. Richard Waygood, Newington Causeway, Stove and Range manufacturer.[2]

1854 Patent. '3036. And Richard Waygood, of Newington causeway, in the county of Surrey, Ironfounder, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in portable forges."'[3]

1856 Listed as Richard Waygood, Newington Causeway.[4]

1857 Mentioned. Richard Waygood, Newington causeway, engineer.[5]

1863 William Robert Green (R. Waygood's nephew) joined the business

1863 Business for sale. 'BUSINESS FOR SALE, by Tender only, situated in the principal thoroughfare of London. Established upwards of 50 years. For full particulars, apply to Mr. Richard Waygood, 19, Suffolk Grove, Great Suffolk-street. Borough, S.E.'[6]

1863 Moved the business to Falmouth Road when the premises in Newington causeway were purchased for the Chatham Railway.[7]

1865 Henry Claude Walker joined as an apprentice

1868 Mention of Richard Waygood of the Newington Ironworks.[8]

1868 Description and illustrations of direct acting pumps made by Richard Waygood of Brunswick Street, Dover Road. Examples installed at Woolwich Arsenal and Belvedere sawmills.[9]

1868 Patent. Improvements in stoves or apparatus for cooking.[10]

1872 Patent. ... And to Richard Waygood, of the Newington Iron Works, Falmouth-road, in the county of Surrey, Engineer, for the invention of "improved means of subduing or extinguishing fire, and in apparatus connected therewith."'[11]

1872 Became R. Waygood and Co when Henry Claude Walker was taken in to the partnership

1873 Richard Waygood retired. Partnership taken on by J. M. Day (from 1872 to 1887)

1875 John Marsh Day, Henry C. Walker and W. R. Green purchased the company from Richard Waygood.[12]

1883 Constructed an example of Pinchbeck's rotary engine.

1887 Partnership change. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, John Marsh Day, William Robert Green, and Henry Claude Walker, all of Falmouth-road, Great Dover-street, in the county of Surrey, as Mechanical Engineers, under the style or firm of R. Waygood and Co., was dissolved, as from 30th June last, so far as regards the said John Marsh Day, who retires. All debts due to and owing by the said firm will be received and paid by the said William Robert Green and Henry Claude Walker, who will continue the said business with Charles Day, a son of the said John Marsh Day, under the style or firm of R. Waygood and Co...'[13]

1889 J. B. Nicholson became a partner

1890 E. P. Okeden became a partner

1890 Lift Gear. Article and illustration in 'The Engineer'.

1892 Crystal Palace Electrical Exhibition. Passenger Lift. [14]

1894 Incorporated as a Private Limited Company.

1894 Automatic Water-Saving Lift and Hoist

1900 Public Company. The company was registered on 29 June as R. Waygood and Co, to take over the business of lift-makers of the firm of the same name. [15]

1902 It was proposed to acquire the British business of the Otis Elevator Co; the name would be changed to Waygood and Otis.

1903 The arrangement to acquire Otis was rescinded[16]

1903 Chief members of the company are W. R. Green, Consulting Engineer; H. C. Walker, Chairman; and David Green, Secretary and Director.[17]

1910 Electric luffing crane for the British & Foreign Wharf, Stepney, and a hydraulic luffing crane for the London Hydraulic Supply Co at Hope Wharf, Rotherhithe[18]

1910 W R Green retired; Henry Cecil Walker, chief electrical engineer, was appointed to the Board.

1911 Manufacturer of Cranes and Lifts; Elevators; Hoists; Lift Makers for the Railways.[19]

1912 Listed as Ironfounders

1914 Lift and Crane Manufacturers and General Engineers. Specialities: Lifts of all kinds both for passengers and goods - electric, hydraulic, belt-driven and hand power. Employees 1,000. [20]

1914 Directors: H. C. Walker (Chairman and Managing Director), E. P. Okeden, D. W. R. Green (Director and Secretary), R. J. White, R. Percy Sellon, Harry Harmsworth, and H. Cecil Walker. Premises at Falmouth Road and Coventry, &c., cover about four acres.

1914 Acquired the London-based branch of the Otis Elevator Company of the USA; the merged company became Waygood-Otis Ltd; as part of the deal, the Otis Company would purchase shares in the Waygood company[21]

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Sources of Information

  1. Dorset County Chronicle - Thursday 08 January 1835
  2. Perry's Bankrupt Gazette - Saturday 25 March 1848
  3. The London Gazette Publication date:17 January 1854 Issue:21512 Page:153
  4. 1851 Post Office London Directory.
  5. Perry's Bankrupt Gazette - Saturday 30 May 1857
  6. Bell's Weekly Messenger - Saturday 31 January 1863
  7. South London Press - Saturday 24 January 1903
  8. The Era - Sunday 21 June 1868
  9. [1] Engineering, 17 April 1868
  10. Staffordshire Advertiser - Wednesday 18 November 1868
  11. The London Gazette Publication date:26 January 1872 Issue:23822 Page:280
  12. Obituary of Charles Day in The Engineer [2]
  13. The London Gazette Publication date:9 August 1887 Issue:25728 Page:4340
  14. 1892 The Practical Engineer
  15. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  16. The Times May 09, 1914
  17. South London Press - Saturday 24 January 1903
  18. 'Engineering' 7th Jan 2010
  19. Bradshaw’s Railway Manual 1911
  20. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  21. The Times, May 09, 1914