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Robert Wood and Sons

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Robert Wood & Co., millwright of Larchfield Foundry, Hunslet, Leeds

c.1812 Robert Wood established the Larchfield Works, Hunslet, which was well known for many years as Robert Wood and Sons

Built a large number of early stationary engines for use in the neighbourhood of Leeds; said to have been the first in the district to make compound engines on the McNaught system.

Business was continued by his son William Stewart Wood and later by his son Robert Henry Wood

Later became Holroyd, Horsfield and Wilson


Equipment installed included:

Compound beam engine installed at W. and C. Nightingale, Bedding Manufacturers, Old Street, London. Photographed by George Watkins in 1939 [1]

Four column 40 HP Woolf compound beam engine at W. and C. Nightingale, Bedding Manufacturers, Finsbury[2]


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain: Volume 8' by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing Ltd
  2. ‘Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 8: Greater London & South East‘, by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing Ltd