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In situ at the El Peral funicular in Valparaiso, Chile, in 2019.
Turnstiles at Stradey Park, Llanelli - pre-restoration.
Turn-stile. Exhibit at Coventry Museum.
1869. Pyrometer for haystacks.
1877. Ingram and Stapfer's oil testing apparatus.


June 1880.
January 1888.
June 1888. Double-action pulsating action steam pump. The Aqua-Thruster.
December 1889.
Engine indicator (pump stroke counter) at Claverton Pumping Station
Bailey tidal recording gauge at Western Australian Maritime Museum
Bailey tidal recording gauge at Western Australian Maritime Museum
March 1896.
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October 1903.
c.1905. Steam valve, of the Sutcliffe's Patent Reversible type, from a fire engine.
June 1909. Pilojet.
November 1909.
1909. Cross-compound two-stage compressor.
March 1909.
March 1912.
October 1912.
c1913. Pressure gauge possibly to pressure-test boilers.
February 1913.
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September 1915.
March 1919. Bailey's Turnstiles.
1920s. Horizontal twin-ram water pump. Exhibit at the National Brewery Centre.
January 1920.
August 1926.
September 1928.
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December 1929.
November 1930.
June 1932.
1933. Baileys' Oiliness Comparator.
The patent Thirlmere motor.
1934. Bailey's 'Thirlmere' Water Motors.
'Thirlmere' Water Motor
'Thirlmere' Water Motor
November 1935.
Nameplate on Turnstile
Turnstile plaque.
March 1946.
March 1946.
October 1952.
1953. Main erecting shop.
Turret Clock Mechanism installed at Christ Church Kasauli, Himachal Pardesh, INDIA.
Turret Clock Mechanism installed at Christ Church Kasauli, Himachal Pardesh, INDIA.
Turret Clock Mechanism installed at Christ Church Kasauli, Himachal Pardesh, INDIA.
Turret Clock Mechanism installed at Christ Church Kasauli, Himachal Pardesh, INDIA.
Christ Church Kasauli, Himachal Pardesh, INDIA.

of Albion Works, Oldfield Road, Salford, Manchester (1914), and later of Albion Works, Patricroft.

1832 John Bailey began work with Cocker and Higgins, then Sharp, Roberts and Co.

1839 John Bailey went into business for himself and established at Albion Works, Oldfield Road, presumably as J. Bailey and Co

1863 John Bailey and Co, turret clock makers, brassfounders, steam and water gauge makers, copying press makers, of Albion Clock and Brass Works, 9 Essex St, Oldfield Road, Salford and Goree Piazza, Liverpool[1].

1865 John's son William inherited his father's business at Albion Works after John Bailey retires. Business now manufacturing steam pumps, ram pumps, regulating valves, pyrometers, barometers, fire engines, tide recorders, gas jet motors, lubricators & turnstiles.[2]

1876 John Bailey and Co, printer's machinists, of Albion Works, Essex St, Oldfield Road, Salford[3]

1876 W. H Bailey and Co, makers of clocks and watches, patent steam pressure recorder, fusible plugs, steam pressure gauges, test pumps, of Albion Works, Regent St, Salford; Bailey's Illustrated Inventions with 1000 engravings was free with orders over £10[4]

1879 Company classified as machinery hand and strapping manufacturers of Albion Works, Oldfield Road, Salford; advertised as hydraulic engineers, brassfounders, valve and gauge makers, water engines; turret clock and lightning conductor manufacturers; lifts, hoists, steam pumps, injectors, and boiler fittings[5]

1880 Advert: Acquired the business and assets of W. Lamb and Co, of Safety Valve Works, Manchester.

1885 Works opened at Hall Bank, Patricroft.[6]

1886 Supplied six 10-HP oscillating cylinder water motors for military use in Northern India, for wire rope haulage of small trucks on light railway tracks up mountains [7]

1888 Issued catalogue of steam and water fittings, including pressure gauges, steam and water valves, safety and relief valves, sluice valves, fire fittings, fusible plugs, injectors and feed pumps, steam traps, pyrometers, thermometers etc manufactured by themselves (W. H. Bailey of Salford)

1889 Berry's aqua-thruster. (Bailey and Co of the Albion Works, Salford)

1889 Private company formed as W. H. Bailey & Co. Ltd.

1890 Alfred John Bailey (son of William Bailey) joins the company.

1891 Took over the former works of Uriah Nichols for the production of Bailey-Friedrich steam motors, which comprised engine, boiler, condenser, etc as one unit on a bedplate.[8]

1894 Catalogue of pumps and hydraulic machinery (W. H. Bailey and Co of Albion Ironworks, Salford).

1894 William H. Bailey was knighted.[9]

1898 Advert: Bailey's Turret Clocks

1899 Announce they have acquired a foundry at Salford to produce motors (for cars).[10]

1903 Issued a catalogue devoted to Bailey's patent recorders, autographic " tell-tales" and indicators for all purposes.[11]

1908 Awards at the Franco-British exhibition in the classes for steam engines and for carriage-building[12].

1909 Hydraulic engineers, Albion works, Oldfield Road , and Essex St, Salford[13]

1911 Pamphlet 'Bailey's Power Pumps' issued

1911 Displayed bi-jet carburettor at Olympia Motor Show[14].

1913 April. Advert for garage pumps, silencer and tyre carrier.

1913 Death of Sir William H. Bailey. Following this, the company name changed to Sir W. H. Bailey and Co Ltd.

1914 Engineers. Specialities: fusible plug for preventing boiler explosions, reducing valves, air compressors, steam pumps, sinking pumps, testing machines. [15]

1918 Alfred Bailey became governing director, Frederick Bailey (second son of William) became managing director.[16]

1932 Donald Bailey (son of Frederick Bailey) joined the company.[17]

1934 Advert- Sir W. H. Bailey and Co., Salford, 5, Lancashire.

1935 See W. H. Bailey and Co:1935 Review.

1940 Alfred John Bailey died, Frederick Bailey became Chairman. Albion Works were destroyed, and production relocated to Patricroft.[18]

1943 Frederick Bailey died. Denis Bailey (son of Alfred Bailey) becomes Chairman.[19]

1945 Advert. Pumps and valves. (Sir W. H. Bailey and Co of Patricroft).

1946 Donald Bailey became managing director.[20]

1947. Offices opened in London.[21]

1961 Mechanical engineers, manufacturing valves for steam, air, gas and water; pumps, turnstiles and gauge testers. 350 employees. [22]

1964 E. Morris Jones became Managing Director.[23]

1966 Sir W. H. Bailey and Co Ltd. became a subsidiary of Yorkshire Imperial Metals.[24]

1967 Sir W. H. Bailey and Co Ltd. merged with Whites-Nunan Ltd. that was already part of Imperial; the head office was transferred to Sharp Street; Patricroft was retained as a foundry and manufacturing site.[25]

1968 Supplied main water cooling valves for the Winfrith power station.

1968 Sir W. H. Bailey and Co Ltd. acquired Dukes and Briggs Engineering Co of Trafford Park.[26]

1969 Acquired WM Ross Ltd, Glasgow.[27]

1970 Acquired Elliott and Garrood Ltd.[28]

1971 Sir W. H. Bailey and Co Ltd. became a direct subsidiary of IMI.[29]

1978 Sir W. H. Bailey and Co Ltd. became IMI Bailey Valves Ltd.[30]

  • Simple engine by Sir W. H. Bailey and Co of Manchester. Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry
  • Hot Air Engine. Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Slater's Directory of Manchester and Salford, 1863
  2. Safety Supplies UK Company Timeline
  3. Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1876
  4. Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1876
  5. Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1879
  6. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  7. 'The Engineer' 15th January 1886
  8. 'The Engineer' 13th February 1891
  9. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  10. The Autocar 1899/05/27
  11. The Engineer 1903/05/29, p 558
  12. The Times 15 October 1908
  13. Slater's Manchester, Salford & Suburban Directory, 1909
  14. The Times 8 November 1911
  15. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  16. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  17. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  18. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  19. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  20. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  21. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  22. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  23. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  24. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  25. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  26. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  27. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  28. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  29. Safety Systems Company Timeline
  30. Safety Systems Company Timeline