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Reavell and Co

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Reavell air starter motor on diesel mine locomotive at Astley Green Colliery
1900. High-Speed Engine and Dynamo.
1902. Steam Driven Air Compressor.
1903. Duplex steam-driven air compressor.
1909. Paraffin Oil Engine and Dynamo.
1909. Paraffin Oil Engine and Dynamo.
1909. Gas engine and air compressor.
Outline drawing of the Scott-Reavell patent engine.
February 1911.
March 1912.
October 1912.
February 1913.
September 1915.
1929.Pneumatically Operated Windlass.
1929. Air Compressor.
1929. Pneumatically Operated Capstan.
December 1929.
1933. Three Cylinder Air Compressor.
1933. Rotary Air Compressor.
1933. Portable Oil Engine - Driven Compressor.
1933. 1500 Cubic foot Motor Driven Compressor.
1933. Rolling Drum type Compressor.
1950. External view of the engine.
February 1959. Air Compressors.

Reavell and Co of Ranelagh Works, Ipswich.

1894 The Scott-Reavell patent issued.

1898 Public company. Formed by William Reavell, his brother-in-law, W. H. Scott, C. Gaskell and others. A works site was purchased in Ipswich. The company was to construct the Scott-Reavell patent high-speed forced lubrication enclosed steam engine, the drawings having been done at Laurence, Scott and Co.

1900 June. Article and illustrations on their electrically driven air-compressor.

1900 November. Article and illustration of High-Speed Engine and dynamo.

1908 Steam engines mostly ceased as the company concentrated on their compressors.

1909 Building a range of vertical four-stroke engines for driving generators and sized at 3.5, 5 and 7.5 hp (singles) and 10 and 15 hp (twins) [1]

1911 Electrical Exhibition. Quadruplex air compressors, high speed oil engine, high-speed steam engine and others. [2]

1931 Exhibited "Askania" Regulating Apparatus at Institution of Civil Engineers' Conversazione[3]

1937 Air compressor specialists. "Reavell" Compressors. [4]

1961 Engineers, specialising in the manufacture of compressors and exhausters of all types for air or gases, also regulators. 750 employees. [5]

1968 James Howden and Godfrey made an agreed offer for the company (which was public but not quoted)[6]

1969 James Howden and Godfrey sold its subsidiary, Reavell and Co, to International Compressed Air Corporation[7]

1987 CompAir Reavell offered compressors of various types for marine, offshore and industrial uses[8]

1999 Company was still in business in Ipswich.

2008 Compair was acquired by Gardner-Denver Co; Reavell continued to make compressors for a variety of applications.[9]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1996. ISBN 1 873098 37 5
  2. The Engineer of 13th October 1911 p390
  3. The Engineer 1931
  4. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  5. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  6. The Times Dec. 7, 1968
  7. The Times Dec 17, 1969
  8. The Times Sept. 25, 1987
  9. [1] Gardner Denver website
  • The Engineer of 29th June 1900 p678
  • The Engineer of 9th November 1900 p472
  • Steam Engine Builders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1950 by The Augustine Steward Press