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Woodhouse and Rawson

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March 1888.
December 1889.

Woodhouse and Rawson Ltd, 11 Queen Victoria Street, London.

Woodhouse and Rawson United Ltd, 88 Queen Victoria Street, London.

Showrooms: 34 Cannon St, London and 41 Piccadilly, Bradford.

West End office: Great George Street, London.

Works: Cornbrook Telephone Works, Manchester; West Kensington Hall, Hammersmith; Union Foundry, Kidsgrove; Strand Works, Chiswick, London.

1881 Otway Edward Woodhouse and F. L. Rawson went into business as engineers and electric light contractors.

1885 Woodhouse and Rawson Ltd were electrical contractors for the Stock Exchange (London) electrification; Woodhouse and Rawson had also made the lamps[1]

1885 Woodhouse retired from business because of ill health

1886-7 Lost legal action brought by Edison and Swan United Electric Light Co for infringement of patents[2]

1887 Public company incorporated[3]. The company had done all of the overhead installation work for Sir Coutts Lindsay and Co at the Grosvenor Gallery. Had also done work for other private electricity companies such as Eastbourne, Brighton, Kensington Court, Pilsen (in Holborn), St Austell and others.

1889 Incorporation of Woodhouse and Rawson United Ltd[4] in order to acquire:

  • The business of Woodhouse and Rawson Ltd

as well as its subsidiary companies:

  • Woodhouse and Rawson Electric Supply Co Ltd
  • Woodhouse and Rawson Electric Manufacturing Co Ltd
  • Woodhouse and Rawson Electric Contract and Maintenance Ltd

and also that of

  • Charles L. Baker and Co Ltd

1889 Woodhouse and Rawson Ltd was put into voluntary liquidation

c.1890 supplied 'Kingdon' induction dynamo(s) to Woking Central Power Station[5]

1892 Electric lighting in all its branches, Electric motive power for collieries and mines. Appointed Jno Stevenson and Cowper, Middlesborough, as agents[6].

1892 Crystal Palace Electrical Exhibition. 'Kingdon' inductor dynamo and 'Cornbrook' motor. [7]

1893 The costs of the legal action between Edison-Swan United Electric Lighting Co and Woodhouse and Rawson was one of the reasons that the company had been put into liquidation[8].

1893 In liquidation[9].


The Pilsen lamp was developed by two Austrian engineers, Ludwig Piette and Franz Krizik, and was marketed in Britain by Henry F. Joel. It had a complex regulating mechanism which used an iron core between two solenoids. The lamp was quite extensively used, and won a Gold Medal at the Paris Electrical Exhibition of 1881. [10]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Standard, January 07, 1885
  2. The Engineer 1888/07/20
  3. The Times, Aug 02, 1887
  4. The Times, Jul 22, 1889
  5. Advert in 'Dynamo-Electric Machinery' by Sylvanus P. Thompson. Spon, 1892
  6. North-Eastern Daily Gazette, 9 May 1892
  7. 1892 The Practical Engineer
  8. The Times, 21 December 1893
  9. The Times, 21 December 1893
  10. IET Arc lamp exhibition [1]