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Airedale Foundry

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Engineer's surface plate with 'Airedale Foundry 1846' moulded to frame.
Engineer's surface plate with 'Airedale Foundry 1846' moulded to frame (detail).

of Hunslet, Leeds

The Airedale foundry principally made railway locomotives; from its inception until the end of the 19th century, it made almost 6000 engines for the home market and for export to 28 other countries. Also diversified into stationary engines for agricultural machinery, and steam engines for tramways.

1835 James Kitson established business at the Airedale Foundry with Charles Todd as a partner.

1839 Foundry built by James Kitson

The companies operating at the foundry were, successively:

1858 The Monk Bridge Iron Co was amalgamated with the Airedale Foundry.

1938 Ceased production but supplied parts

1945 Remaining business and works sold to J. and H. McLaren

1959 Works finally closed

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Biography of James Kitson, first Baron Airedale, ODNB