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Hodgson and Stead

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Railway weighbridge in Taiwan (2018).
Plates from weighing machines (the other an Avery) dumped at Ratmalana Works, Colombo[1]
January 1880.
June 1880.
January 1888.
Hodgson and Needham's Patent Polygonal Steelyard
December 1889.

Hodgson & Stead of Egerton Works, Irwell Street and Hope Foundry, Sandon Street, Salford. Makers of weighing machines.

1852 Company established.

1861 Employing 31 men.[2]

1877 Listed in Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1877-8 (Part 2) as makers of weighing machines, weighbridges, cranes, turntables, &c. Iron founders, engineers & machinists, millwrights, druggists’ grocers’ & general shop fitters, makers of grocers’ canister &c. Egerton Works, Irwell St and Hope Foundry, Sandon Street, Salford

1878 Making Harrison's Patent Steering Gear (see Harrison Patent Steering Engine Co)

1880 Advertising Harrison's Patent Steering Gear

1880 Hodgson & Needham's Patent Polygonal Steelyard, calibrated to read in two or more units of weight measurement [3]

1889 Partnership dissolved by mutual consent between William Hodgson, Christopher Hodgson and Edward Inman, on the retirement of Christopher Hodgson. The firm carried on as Hodgson and Stead. [4]

c.1904 Acquired by Henry Pooley and Son[5]

Location of Egerton Works, Windsor Street: The 1905/1908 O.S. map shows 'Egerton Iron Works - Weighing Machines' located alongside the L&NWR Liverpool - Manchester railway line (which was north of the works). Access was from Windsor Street, at the eastern end of the works. On the opposite side of Windsor Street was the Salford Corporation Gas Works. The south side of the works was adjacent to the back alley of a row of terraced houses on Christopher Street. The ground area was approx 120 ft by 300 ft. Note: The original Egerton Works was on Irwell Street, which was close to Salford Station.

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Sources of Information

  1. Mr. C. Capewell.
  2. 1861 Census
  3. [[The Engineer 1880/07/23
  4. The London Gazette, 27th August 1889
  5. The Times, Oct 02, 1912