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Hydraulic engineers and meter makers, of 130 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark, London, SE
1822 John Beck moved to London from Rotherham, setting up business as general engineers in Great Suffolk Street
1837 Company founded.
1862 J. Beck exhibited Valves for gas, water, and steam; fire-cocks, etc.
1877 Beck and Co Ltd was incorporated, general engineers
c.1880 Thomas Angus Wheatley joined Beck
Wheatley secured the designs and patents of a new type of water meter which became a staple product for the company.
The business was largely concerned with water meters and valves
1888 Producers of Schonheyders Patent Positive Water Meter. 
1912 A. Ronald Wheatley joined his father in the business
1914 Hydraulic and general engineers. Specialities: positive water meters, water, gas and steam fittings.
Ronald Wheatley developed the water pump design so that the company could produce a metering pump suitable for use with petrol.
1932 Began making electrically operated petrol pumps
From 1935 specialised in supply of "Beckmeter" petrol pumps, as well as valves, fittings, etc for the petroleum industry.
1948 Became public company. Ronald Wheatley was chairman
1958 Wheatley retired
1960 Acquired Tuscan Engineering Co, maker of flame-proof motors
1961 Manufacturers of "Beckmeter" petrol pumps, petrol/oil mixing pumps, valves, oil and water meters. 500 employees.