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1897 Glenfield and Kennedy triple expansion steam-driven hydraulic pump, ex-Stanton Ironworks, photographed when running on steam at Papplewick Pumping Station, May 2009
August 1899.
February 1901.
February 1911.
1929. Tilting Disc Reflux Valve.
1932. High - Head Turbine Inlet Sluice Valves.
1932. A New Works Laboratory at Kilmarnock.
1933. Mechanism of Water Level Recorder.
1951. Advert for recoil and reflux valves.
1961. Hydraulics laboratory at Kilmarnock.
Sand Washer. Exhibit at Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester.
Sand Washer (detail). Exhibit at Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester.
Tide Gauge.
Possibly disused drinking fountain? Bidston Observatory, Bidston Hill, Birkenhead, Wirral
Detail of above at Bidston Observatory, Bidston Hill, Birkenhead, Wirral
2017. Restored drinking fountain, in Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire. (Image: Bob Walton).
2017. Restored drinking fountain, in Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire. (Image: Bob Walton).
2017. Restored drinking fountain plaque, in Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire. (Image: Bob Walton).

Glenfield and Kennedy of Low Glencairn Street, Kilmarnock.

1899 Incorporated as a limited company by the amalgamation of the Glenfield Co., and Kennedys Patent Water Meter Co. Ltd.

1899 Beam engines may be seen at Blagdon Pumping Station

1900 Pamphlet describing Ashley's patent pump. [1]

1900 Hydraulic fittings and appurtenances, water-main cleaners, water-level indicators, recorders etc. [2]

1900 Description and illustration of pump in 'The Engineer'. [3]

Large gas regulator valve with pipe around 36 inch diameter. Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry.

1911 Issued pamphlet on their integrating and recording weir meter. [4]

1914 Hydraulic and sanitary engineers and ironfounders. Specialities: water meters and pumps for wells and boreholes, all classes of fittings for waterworks, hydraulic machinery, pumping machinery etc. Employees 1,500. [5]

1921 Established Centrifugal Castings, Ltd as a subsidiary, on land leased from Glenfield and Kennedy.

By 1923 British Pitometer Co., Ltd had been formed as subsidiary company to develop the use and sale of the instruments required in connexion with water waste investigations, trunk main surveys, pump slip and meter tests. All the instruments, Venturi tubes, etc., supplied by the Company were manufactured by Glenfield and Kennedy.

1937 Hydraulic engineers. [6]

1954 Private company.

1961 Valve specialists and hydraulic engineers. 2,200 employees. [7]

Glenfield Valves Ltd is now owned by the AVK Group founded in Denmark by Aage Valdemar Kjaer. Glenfield website. Glenfield history webpage

See also Glenfield and Kennedy by William S. Murphy

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10