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Varley and Yeadon

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of Crown Point Foundry, Leeds.

Maker of stationary engines. [1]

See Edwin Varley and John Arthur Yeadon

1869 Mention. Varley and Yeadon, Crown Point Foundry, East Street, Leeds.[2]

1871 Employing 35 men and 3 boys.[3]

1874 Advert: 'VARLEY AND YEADON, COLLIERY and BRICK-MAKING ENGINEERS, Manufacturers of Winding, Hauling, and Pumping Englnes, Boilers and Fittings, Steam Piping, Donkey Pumps, Lift Pumps, Perforated Clay And Mortar Mill Brick Pesses, Round and Flat Rope Plthead Pulleys, Wrought-iron Head Gear, Roofs and Girders, Kibbles, One, Two, and Three-Deck Cages, Coal Tipping and Screening Apparatrus, Ventilating Fans, Tubbing, Girders, Pillars, Point Plates, Steam or other Cranes, Crabs and Windlasses, Machines for Cutting Stone, &c.
CROWN POINT FOUNDRY, LEEDS. Estimates furnished on application.'[4]

1875 Advert: 'One Nussey and Leachman's Patent Pressing Machine, all complete, nearly new. Apply to the makers, Varley and Yeadon, Crown Point Foundry, Leeds'[5]. Note: See W. B. Leachman and Co for an illustration of a machine of this type, made by Leachman & Co.

1876 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Edwin Varley and John Arthur Yeadon, carrying on business as Engineers, at the Crown Point Foundry, in Leeds, in the county of York, was, on the 31st day of December last, dissolved by mutual consent; and that all debts owing to or by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said John Arthur Yeadon, by whom alone the business in future will be carried on...'[6]

1878 Sale Notice: 'Re Yeadon & Co - in Liquidation. Crown Point Foundry, East Street, Leeds....The First Class TOOLS, Extensive and Valuable ENGINEERING PLANT, STEAM ENGINES. BOILER, MACHINES, costly FITTINGS, comprising ..... massive planing machine, to plane 15ft. by 6ft. by 5ft. ..... 10 cwt. steam hammer, .....smiths' fan for eight fires, punching and shearing machine, double to punch and shear, 18in. gap: skewed shears and extra blades for cutting angle iron, Roots blower, with engine; 20-horse power vertical engine, new 40-horse horizontal engine, 28in. diameter. 4ft. stroke; 6 ton overhead travelling crane. 48ft. span ; .... pair winding engines, 24in bore, 4ft. 6in. stroke, with wrought iron drum and break ; Emmet's patent brick machine. 8ft. perforated clay grinding pan. ....[numerous machine tools listed].... 12 and 3-ton foundry cranes, the moulding boxes, crane ladles, ..... 3ft. cupola, with two blasts; ..... All the tools are modern, nearly new, of the most substantial character, and have been constructed regardless of cost by the eminent firm of Messrs Campbell and Hunter, .......[7]

1880s Two cylinder horizontal winding engine at Thornley Colliery, Co Durham. Cylinders 42" bore, 8ft. 6in. stroke, Cornish valves. Drum 16ft 6in dia. Shaft depth 1050'. Photographed by George Watkins in 1952[8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  2. Leeds Mercury - Saturday 10 April 1869
  3. 1871 Census
  4. Western Mail, 11 August 1874
  5. Leeds Mercury, 29 March 1875
  6. The London Gazette Publication date:7 April 1876 Issue:24312 Page:2386
  7. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 23 March 1878
  8. 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain: Volume 2: Scotland, Cumberland, Co Durham & Northumberland': Landmark Publishing Ltd, 2001