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Thomas Larmuth and Co

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Nameplate from a hand crane
1893. Larmuth ‘Hirnant’ steam-driven compressor.
Larmuth ‘Hirnant’ steam-driven compressor cylinder, resting upside-down at Victoria Battery Stamps, Waikino, New Zealand

Thomas Larmuth & Co., of Todleben Works, Salford, Manchester.

Makers of machinery for rock-drilling.

1841 Listed as Thomas Larmuth, Mechanic, Machine Maker of Victoria Arches, Victoria Bridge and 19 Queen Street, Salford. Also listed is Matthew Larmuth, Machine Maker of 13 Bolton Street, Salford. [1]

1853 Listed as Thomas Larmuth, machine chain manufacturer of Cross Street, Salford and living at Mount Pleasant Square, Salford. [2]

1865 Advertisement: 'TO BE SOLD, ONE 12-Horse Cornish BOILER, new March, 1864 ; makers, Messrs. Hill and Co., Heywood: now working at Thomas Larmuth and Co., tool makers, Bury-street, Salford.'[3]

1880 Advertisement in The Engineer: makers of T. Sturgeon's Patent Trunk Air Compressor, winding, pumping, horizontal and vertical Engines, and every description of winding machinery.

1887 'The Thirlmere Water Scheme.- Messrs. Morrison and Mason, Glasgow, the new contractors for the above work, have ordered from Messrs. Thomas Larmuth and Co., Salford, entirely new rock-boring machinery, consisting of the Patent Hirnant Rock Drills, rock drill carriages, and other appliances. It would seem from this that they intend to push the work forward in a businesslike manner. Messrs. Morrison and Mason have Larmuth's machinery working in the Mugdock tunnel, on the Loch Katrine works, for the Corporation of Glasgow.'[4]

1893 Larmuth 'Hirnant' steam-driven compressor for the Meyer and Charlton Gold Mining Company.[5]

1895 Listed as Engineers and Machinists, Ironfounders, Mining Engineers of Unwin Street, Cross Lane, Salford. Note: Also listed is Matthew Henry Larmuth, Engineer, 24 Eccles Old Road [6]

c.1909 Advertised as specialists in a wide range of machinery for the manufacture of electrical wires and cables [7]

1909 10-ton manually-operated overhead travelling crane at Forest Hill Sub-Station, Lewisham. 1909 photo here [8]

c.1910 Makers of machines for producing rope and twine [9]

1931 In voluntary liquidation [10]

Larmuth's Todleben Works was located immediately west of Salford Cattle Market, with access from Unwin Street.[11]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1841 Pigot & Slater's Directory of Manchester and Salford
  2. 1853 Directory of Manchester & Salford
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 25 November 1865
  4. Lakes Herald, 3 June 1887
  5. The Engineer 10th February 1893
  6. 1895 Slater's Manchester & Salford Directory
  7. [1] ‘Electric Cables - Their Construction and Cost’ D Coyle & F. J. O. How, Spon, 1909
  8. [2] London Picture Archive
  9. [3] Online selected pages from William S. Murphy's "The Textile Industries". Volume 4
  10. [4] The London Gazette
  11. 'The Godfrey Edition' Old Ordnance Survey Maps, Lancashire Sheet 104.05, Salford (West) 1916 [5]