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John Abbot and Co

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1848 cast iron railway bridge in Newcastle. 2010
1848. Bridge in Newcastle. Image dated 2013.
1848. Bridge in Newcastle (detail). Image dated 2013.
2018. The cast iron bridge accompanied by a later riveted bridge
1870. 250 ton chain testing machine
Abbot bollard in Norfolk
1885. 15 ton forge crane.

John Abbot and Co of Park Iron Works, Gateshead, were iron founders and steam and hydraulic engineers

Founded by John Abbot

1838 Mention of John Abbot and Co, Park Works, Gateshead.[1]

1864 The company was registered on 25 July, to acquire the business of firm of the same name, as engineers and ironfounders. [2]

1866 Just opened new rolling mills and puddling furnaces covering an area of 340ft by 200ft with two chimneys 123 feet high. Longer description in The Engineer. [3]

1870 250-ton hydraulic chain testing machine for Lloyd‘s Chain Testing Co., Walker-on-Tyne.[4]

1886 Two-cylinder hydraulic pumping engine supplied to the Royal Tunbridge Wells Gas Works.[5]

1894 Changes to their engineering department mentioned. [6]

May have built a locomotive for their own use

1910 Works closed

See Also


Sources of Information

  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  1. Newcastle Journal - Saturday 22 December 1838
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. The Engineer 1866/03/02 p170
  4. The Engineer 1870/12/09
  5. Model Engineer, 7 January 1960
  6. The Engineer 1894/08/10 p136