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Andrew Handyside and Co

From Graces Guide


Railway bridge over London Bridge Road at junction with Druid Street, London
Railway bridge over London Bridge Road at junction with Druid Street, London
1868. Leeds Fine Arts Exhibition Building.
1868. Ashcroft's Accumulator Cotton Press.
1869. Bridges on the Mangotsfield and Bath branch of the Midland Railway
1870. Bridge over the Abvodnoi Canal, St Petersburg
1871. Bridge at Buenos Ayres, having iron wing walls and abutments
1872. Bridge over the River Nene.




1891. James Street Swing Bridge, Cardiff under construction at the works, made to cross the Glamorganshire Canal in Cardiff
1894. Bridge over the river Trent on the Midland Railway.
1894. Bridge over the Trent on the Midland Railway.
Handyside blacksmith's forge at Underfall Yard Workshops Bristol
1895. Ironwork at Montevideo Railway Station.
Cross Keys Swing Bridge at Sutton Bridge
February 1901. New Brighton Tower.
January 1902. New Brighton Tower.
1902. New Brighton Tower.
September 1902.
1904. Clarkstreet Works, Derby.
Winding Gear?

A. Handyside and Co of Britannia Ironworks, Derby.

See also Andrew Handyside and Co: Pillar Boxes

Founded by Andrew Handyside (c.1806-1887), who took over the Britannia Foundry (Derby) established by Weatherhead, Glover and Co.

THE EXECUTORS of the late THOMAS WRIGHT, having DISPOSED of the BUSINESS, lately carried on by them, at the Britannia Foundry, in Duke-street, Derby, to Mr. ANDREW HANDYSIDE, return their sincere thanks for the many favours received, and beg to recommend to the notice of the public their successor, whom they hope will meet with a continuance of their favour. All debts owing on account of the above Business, to Saturday, the 19th of June inclusive, must be paid to Mr. Stone, Accountant, No. 19, Saint Alkmund's Church-yard, Derby, or to his Clerk at the Foundry ; and all parties having any claim against the said Executors, on account of the above Business, are requested to send tbe same to Mr. Stone, in order that it may be examined and discharged.
ANDREW HANDYSIDE begs to inform the public that he has TAKEN to the above BUSINESS, which he purposes to carry on as heretofore, and assuring them of his desire on all occasions to pay his best attention to their wishes and convenience, trusts to receive a continuance of the favour shewn to his predecessors. June 21st, 1847.'[1]

1861-2 Produced the ironwork for the Royal Agricultural Hall, now the Business Design Centre. Excellent photos of beautifully-restored ironwork here. Note: This website provides and excellent soutce of information on Handyside & Co and their products, including a list of surviving products and structures here.

1865 Supplied horizontal twin-cylinder, slide valve, winding engine for Morton Colliery.

1869 Supplied the Ironwork for the Bridge over the Trent at Nottingham.[2]

1870 Bridge over the Abvodnoi Canal, St Petersburg, Russia. See illustration.[3]

1870 Constructed an iron bridge over the River Pruth at Czernowitz. Six spans of lattice girders. R. C. Grant was the company's Resident Engineer.[4]

c.1873 Supplied at least one bridge to New South Wales, the Macquarie railway bridge at Bathurst, for the Great Southern & Western Railway [NSWGR].

1873 The company was registered on 30 July, to acquire and carry on the business of the firm of this name as engineers and ironfounders. [5]

1873-1875 fabricated and constructed the roof on Alexandra Palace. [6].

1876 Exhibitor at the Royal Agricultural Show at Birmingham of Tenwick's patent reaper finger and knife clip. Also portable forges with Root's blowers and some fire-bars. [7]

1876 Constructed a wrought iron bridge to carry the G.E.R. across Commercial Road, Stepney[8], presumably replacing this bridge.

1876 Manufacturers of on the Oxley Creek Bridge, Queensland. Robinson and L'Anson were the engineers. [9]

1877 Dissolution of the Partnership between Andrew Handyside, Alexander Buchanan, Francis Ley, William Statham, and Ewing Matheson, as Engineers and Iron-founders, carrying on business at the Britannia Iron Works,Derby, in the county of Derby, and at 32, Walbrook, in the city of London, under the style of Andrew Handyside and Company[10]

1885 Lattice girder skew bridge over the Kennet and Avon Canal for Reading Gas Co. described and illustrated in The Engineer. Designed by the Gas Company's Engineer, Edward Baker, ironwork by Handyside. The girders were 119 ft 8" long[11]

1897 Made and erected Crosskeys swing bridge at Sutton Bridge. Hydraulic machinery by Sir W. G. Armstrong Whitworth and Co. Steel for girders made by the Staffordshire Steel Co, Bilston.[12]. See photo.

1893 Constructed the Barton Swing Aqueduct.

1894 Description and illustrations of Lan Ho bridge, with pin-jointed girders, constructed by Handyside[13]

1899 Built the Northwich Town Swing Bridge.

1904 Premises enlarged to include new Clarke street works, alongside Duke street and Fox street works, Derby.[14]

A notable bridge-building feat was in progress at Norwich on Sunday, a double-track swing-bridge being thrown over the River Wensum by the Great Eastern Railway Company between Trowse Station and the city terminus on the main line to London.
At 10.30 on Satuday night traffic was suspended between Trowse and Norwich, the railway company conveying passengers to and fro by tramwaycars. For many months the contractors, Messrs. Handyside, of Derby, have been laying piers and foundations in the river under the old single-line structure, which has been in use 60 years. All through Saturday night relays-of men toiled at the new bridge, which is 122 -feet long, of balanced cantilever type, with two open spans of 44 feet, and two viaduct spans. Every preparation was made for the task of substituting the new structure for the old within the narrow space of 33 hours.
Immediately on the suspension of traffic the old bridge was dismantled, and the work of substituting the new one commenced.
The work was successfully accomplished, and 10.30 this morning trains commenced running over the new bridge—a result on which Messrs. Handyside are to be cordially congratulated. This is the 31st swing bridge which they have successfully placed in position.'[15]

1905 Constructed the Midland Bridge (Bath).

1910 The company was in voluntary liquidation[16]

1922 Exhibited specimens of intricate cored castings in grey iron[17]

1931 Meeting of the company's creditors[18] was followed by putting the company into liquidation.

See here for 'Works in Iron' published by Andrew Handyside & Co in 1868[19]. Many examples of their products are described and illustrated.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Derby Mercury - Wednesday 30 June 1847
  2. The Engineer 1869/01/22
  3. The Engineer 1870/12/09
  4. [1] Engineering, 3 March 1871
  5. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  6. The Engineer 1875/05/07
  7. The Engineer of 21st July 1876 p58
  8. Graphic - Saturday 22 July 1876
  9. The Engineer of 15th December 1876 p414 and p416
  10. London Gazette 2 Feb 1877
  11. The Engineer 1885/05/29.p.423
  12. [2] Images of England website
  13. [3] The Engineer, 4 May 1894
  14. The Engineer 1904/07/28
  15. Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 14 August 1905
  16. The London Gazette 7 October 1910
  17. The Engineer 1922/06/23
  18. The London Gazette 3 April 1931
  19. [4] 'Works in Iron' published by Andrew Handyside & Co in 1868
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978/9. ISBN 0-903485-65-6