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Bedford Engineering Co

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Fairbairn-type crane photographed in 2011 at the Marine base, Calabar, Nigeria.
Photographed in 2011 at the Marine base, Calabar, Nigeria.
Photographed in 2011 at the Marine base, Calabar, Nigeria.
Photographed in 2011 at the Marine base, Calabar, Nigeria.
Photographed in 2011 at the Marine base, Calabar, Nigeria.
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The Bedford Engineering Co of Bedford were makers of steam cranes.

1880 A Bedford Engineering Co. steam crane was used to lay the foundation stone of Truro Cathedral in Cornwall on 20th May 1880. There is a photo of the event on page 43 of the book, 'The Creation of a Cathedral' by Fisher Barham. The original photo may be in the Cornwall Record Office, Truro

1893 Company formed. 'Having, by due notice, terminated our engagements with Messrs. Grafton & Co., of the Vulcan Works, Bedford, we beg notify that we are starting in Business as MANUFACTURING ENGINEERS and CRANE MAKERS, and shall trade under the name of the Bedford Engineering Co. at our Works, Ampthill Road, Bedford. Mark H. Crummie, John George Fiegehen.'[1]

1900 Built a locomotive steam crane for the London and South Western Railway. [2]

1900 Issued price list for steam cranes. [3]

1920 Issued catalogue of steam cranes. [4]

1924 Claude Martineau Toplis, previously of Stothert and Pitt, took partnership in the company.[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Saturday 19 August 1893
  2. The Engineer 1900/01/19 p74
  3. The Engineer 1900/11/30 p555
  4. The Engineer 1920/02/27 p208
  5. The Engineer 1924/06/20
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816