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Thwaites Brothers

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Thwaites Bros engine at Maritime Museum, Auckland, NZ
No.5. Exhibit at the National Slate Museum.
No.5. (Detail). Exhibit at the National Slate Museum.
1882. Steam hammer.
1891. Suspension Pneumatic Power Hammer.
1893. Vertical Engine and Centrifugal Pump.

of Vulcan Ironworks, Thornton Road, Bradford.

formerly Thwaites and Carbutt.

1880 Company on 4 acres and employed 200 men and was the largest (what?) in Bradford.

1880 Name changed to Thwaites Brothers - See Arthur Hirst Thwaites, Edward Hirst Thwaites, William Henry Thwaites and Thomas Hirst Thwaites

1894 The Howatson Low-Pressure Boiler. Article and illustration in 'The Engineer'.[1]

1894 Battery of Filters for Lay Sugar Factory in Cairo.[2]

1901 Advertising steam hammers, steam engine-driven centrifugal pumps (Capell's patent) and Root's blowers, Stewart's Rapid Cupolas, Andrew Howatson's patent water softeners and filters, Goodwin & How's patent ladles, steam and hydraulic hoists, cranes of all descriptions [3]

Description and illustrations of Stewart's patent 'Rapid Cupola' made by Thwaites Bros. [4]

1914 Engineers. Specialities: steam hammers, Roots' blowers, foundry plant and metallurgical installations for copper, lead etc. [5]

1922 Exhibited at The 1922 Foundry Trades Exhibition cupola-charging machinery, which embodied an ingenious patented two-speed mechanism.[6]

1922 Directors: A. D. Ellis, H. S. Clough, and T. H. C. Homersham.

  • Small vertical reversing steam engine at New Zealand National Maritime Museum, Auckland (photo)

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1894/01/05 p3
  2. The Engineer 1894/11/16
  3. Engineering 1901/02/01
  4. 'A Text-Book of Mechanical Engineering' by Wilfrid J. Lineham, Chapman and Hall, 1905, p.1011
  5. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  6. The Engineer 1922/07/07