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Henry Berry and Co

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1885.Hydraulic Riveting Plant
February 1901.
January 1902.
1909. 600 ton flanging press.
1909. Hydraulic forging press.
February 1911.


Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.
November 1954.
November 1968.
November 1968.

of Croydon Works, Hunslet, Leeds. Maker of hydraulic presses, hydraulic riveting machines, hydraulic pressure pumps and various types of hydraulic machine tools.

1883 Company formed by Henry Berry

1885 Due to the development of the business, it was transferred to the Croydon Works.

1887 Additions to the factory

c.1888 John Richard Musgrave became a partner, having been an apprentice in the business.

1893 Dissolution of the Partnership between Henry Berry, of Hunslet, Machine Maker, and John Richard Musgrave, formerly of Otley, but now of Newlay, Horsforth, Machine Maker, carrying on business as Machine Makers, at Croydon Works, Hunslet, under the style or firm of Henry Berry and Company. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said Henry Berry.[1]

1896 Additions to the factory

1898 The company was registered on 8 December, to take over the business of the firm of the same name, hydraulic machinery manufacturers. [2]

1900 Additions to the factory.

1911 Manufacturer of Accumulators; Cranes and Lifts for the Railways.[3]

1914 Additions to the factory

1916 Additions to the factory

1919 Additions to the factory

1920 Opened a London office. [4]

1923 Opened an office in Central House, 75, New-street, Birmingham.[5]

1926 Received an order for twenty sets of special high-pressure three-throw horizontal hydraulic pumps from Synthetic Ammonia and Nitrates.[6]

1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history. The Managing Director was Major W. Berry, a nephew of the founder.

1960 Advert. Horizontal bending presses. [7]

1968 Part of the Brockhouse Group

2003 Acquired by Group Rhodes

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 3 October 1893
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. Bradshaw’s Railway Manual 1911
  4. The Engineer of 12th March 1920 p284
  5. The Engineer 1923/05/18
  6. The Engineer 1926/09/03
  7. Mechanical World Year Book 1960. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p123