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1875. Beam engine for Royal Mills.

Also known as Wentworth and Sons, they were engineers, of Wandsworth, London.

Maker of stationary engines. [1]

1835 Built an Arthur Woolf compound A frame beam engine for Ram Brewery, Wandsworth, London. Ran until 1976. [2]

1837 'FOR SALE, a Low-pressure Condensing STEAM ENGINE of 16-horse power, now at work, and may be seen at Deptford Tide Mills, which will be taken down about the first or second week in June, to make way for an engine of larger power — it is in good working order, with new crank shaft and boiler — also a high-pressure, expansive, and condensing steam-engine, of 2 horse power, with cast iron boiler, and fire-place with governor steam-guage, and all the requisites thereunto belonging, complete, ready to fix, and may be seen at J. Wentworth’s, Engineer, &c., Wandsworth, Surrey, where the further particulars of the whole may obtained, letters post paid.'[3]

1851 Mentioned. James Wentworth, John James Wentworth and James Fox Wentworth, of Wandsworth, engineers, Millwrights and copartners.[4]

1859 Woolf compound beam engine for Page & Overton’s Brewery, Croydon.[5]

1862 Mention of an 18 HP engine by Wentworth and Son.[6]

1867 Built a second Arthur Woolf compound A frame beam engine for Ram Brewery, Wandsworth, London. Ran until circa 1980. [7]

1871 Employing 58 men and 7 boys.[8]

In 1873 Tunbridge Wells Water Works advertised for sale an 18 HP beam engine, high and low pressure combined, 2ft. 6in. stroke[9]

1873 Bankrupt: Benjamin Hall, clerk to Wentworth and Sons, engineers, Wandsworth Dunts Hill, Garrett Lane, Wandsworth, London.[10]

1875 Beam engine for Royal Mills featured in 'The Engineer' [11]

1875 Explosion at Wentworth and Co, Wandsworth Plain, London.[12]

1875 Made a 60 HP compound beam engine for Royal Mills. [13]

1879 Business for sale. Wentworth and Sons, Engineers, Millwrights and Founders. Works adjacent to the Thames, in Bell Lane, Wandsworth. Mentions John James Wentworth, deceased.[14]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  3. Morning Advertiser - Friday 26 May 1837
  4. Perry's Bankrupt Gazette - Saturday 01 May 1852
  5. ‘Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 8: Greater London & South East‘, by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing Ltd
  6. The Ipswich Journal - Saturday 24 May 1862
  8. 1871 Census
  9. Kent & Sussex Courier, 5 September 1873
  10. Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 07 May 1873
  11. The Engineer 1875/03/12
  12. Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser - Saturday 08 May 1875
  13. 1875 image - The Engineer, volume 39, p178.
  14. London Evening Standard - Wednesday 13 August 1879