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Taylor and Hubbard

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Seen on edge of Selby in 2019.
Seen on edge of Selby in 2019 (detail).
1906. Flat road locomotive crane.
February 1911.
February 1959. Cranes.

of Kent Street Works, Leicester.

Makers of Cranes

Established in the mid 1890's, (Brownlie suggests 1896) by William Taylor and William Sammons Hubbard

1896 September. Petition to wind up the Wigston Electrical and Engineering Co by '...William Taylor and William Sammons Hubbard trading together as Taylor and Hubbard of Kentstreet Works in the county borough of Leicester, Engineers.'[1]

1896 October. Petition to wind up the Narborough and Enderby Granite Quarries Co by '...William Taylor and William Sammons Hubbard trading together as Taylor and Hubbard of Kent Street Works in the county borough of Leicester Engineers and Ironfounders.'[2]

1898 First cranes were produced.

1922 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us, the undersigned, William Taylor, of 38, Tichborne-street, in the city of Leicester, Engineer, and William Sammons Hubbard, formerly of "Oaklands," Quorn, in the county of Leicester, but now of "The Outlook," Carew-road, Eastbourne, in the county of Sussex, Engineer, carrying on business as Engineers, at Kentstreet, in the city of Leicester, under the style or firm of "TAYLOR & HUBBARD," has been dissolved by mutual consent...'[3]

1956 Firm sold to N. Hingley and Sons, Old Hill Ironworks, Netherton.

1966-1970 Owned by F. H. Lloyd and Co

Their highest capacity crane appears to be a single 15 tonner for Second Anglo-Scottish Beet Sugar Co., Duncan Stewart (Sugar Works) for Felsted , Essex. (St, 15 ton, 4W, TH 1076/1925).

Last cranes produced circa 1970.

Preserved cranes

  • 1902 3 ton, 4W Steam crane at Isle of Man Railway, Douglas, (TH 331). Originally for T. W. Pedrette and Co, Contractor , London, to Perry and Co, to Jas. Byron, Barry, to IoM Commissioners.

There are steam cranes preserved in the UK at;

  • 1926 2 ton steam road crane for Manchester Corpn. Tramways. TH 1098.
  • 1931 5 ton steam caterpillar crane. Exhibition crane for British Empire Exhibition, Buenos Aires. TH 1205. [4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] Gazette Issue 26779 published on the 22 September 1896. Page 19 of 56
  2. [2] Gazette Issue 26786 published on the 16 October 1896. Page 9 of 46
  3. [3] Gazette Issue 32699 published on the 12 May 1922. Page 56 of 90
  4. Chris Capewell Queens Park London