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W. T. Goolden and Co

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February 1888. Goolden dynamo driven by a steam engine, on a common bedplate.
From ‘1891 The Practical Engineer’

Electrical engineers, particularly of mining machinery, of Woodfield Works, Harrow Road, London.

Formerly Goolden and Trotter‎‎

L. B. Atkinson designed Goolden's enclosed electric motor for use in coal mines.[1]

1888 E. B. Vignoles started work in the workshops of W. T Goolden and Co; the company had "a quite substantial business" making direct-reading electrical instruments developed by the company and its predecessors. Records showed that orders had been received as early as 1886[2].

W. A. Vignoles was apprenticed to W. T. Goolden and Co[3].

1890 Partnership change. '...the Partnership heretofore existing between us the undersigned, Walter Thomas Goolden, Sydney Charles Gilbey Gold, and Llewelyn Birchall Atkinson, formerly carrying on business as Electrical Engineers, at No. 2, Victoria-mansions, Westminster, and at Halifax, Yorkshire, but lately at Woodfield-road, Paddington, under the style or firm of W. T. Goolden and Co., has been dissolved, by mutual consent, as from the 31st day of December, 1889. All debts flue to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said W. T. Goolden and L. B. Atkinson, who will continue to carry on the business under the said style or firm of W. T. Goolden and Co...'[4]

1893/4 Goolden and Co was amalgamated with Messrs. Easton and Anderson, under the style of Easton, Anderson and Goolden.

1895 Messrs Evershed and Vignoles purchased the instrument section of Goolden and Trotter where they worked.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Dynamo-Electric Machinery' by Sylvanus P. Thompson. Spon, 1892
  2. The Times, 29 August 1936
  3. The Times, 26 October 1953
  4. The London Gazette Publication date:7 March 1890 Issue:26030 Page:1283