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Westwood and Wrights

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of Hope Works, Round Oak, Brierley Hill, and Queen's Cross, Dudley, Staffordshire. Telephone: 7101/2. Telegraphic address: "Westwood Wrights". (1937)

1830 Company founded.

1836 Company established.

1847 'Gigantic Gasometer.— There is now in the course of construction, at the extensive iron foundry of Messrs Westwood and Wrights, Hope Works, Brierley Hill, a gasometer, measuring four hundred and seventy-one feet in circumference, the mean diameter being upwards of one hundred and fifty feet, the depth from the centre of the crown to the bottom will be 45 feet, of which 38 feet is to be the available mean depth for containing gas, and it is calculated will hold 671,898 cubic feet. This stupendous piece of workmanship will contain upwards of 28,000 feet of rlvetting, and wlien completed will weigh upwards of 400 tons. It is being made to the order of the Phoenix Gas Company, Vauxhall, London, which is to be its destination, and will be the largest of the kind in the world.'[1]

1914 Manufacturers of gas holders, gas apparatus and structural iron and steel work; ironfounders and engineers. [2]

1924 Private company.

1937 British Industries Fair Advert as Gas and Constructional Engineers' Contractors. Manufacturers of Gas Valves; Gasholders; Purifiers; Condensers; Washers; Purifiers; Retort Bench Ironwork; Tanks; Welded and Riveted Steel Tubing; Structural Steelwork; Roofing; Castings; Steel Pipes and Specials. Patent Gas Valves with Lubricated Faces. (Gas: Industrial and Domestic Section - Stand Nos. Ca.819 and Ca.718) [3]

1961 General and constructional engineers, manufacturing gas plants. [4]

1964 part of M. and W. Grazebrook

1966 Acquired by F. H. Lloyd and Co

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Sources of Information

  1. Dundee Courier - Wednesday 13 October 1847
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. 1937 British Industries Fair Advert p556; and p433
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE