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Bessemer Steel and Ordnance Co

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of Gracehurch St, London

1871 Company launched for the manufacture of Bessemer steel and ordnance in London, at the premises in (East) Greenwich where Henry Bessemer had established plant; the land and plant was to be leased by the new company; this location was considered to give the company advantages because the nearest steel plant was 130 miles away. Sir John Lubbock and Henry Bessemer junior were trustees[1]

1872 Visit by members of the Society of Engineers saw the early stage of erection of the plant, said to be at Cubitt Town[2].

1873 Public meeting of the company[3]

1873 Exhibited steel rails, tyres, etc at the Vienna Universal Exhibition[4]; awarded diploma of honour

1874 Petition by creditors to wind up the company[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Nov 04, 1871
  2. The Engineer 1872/09/06
  3. The Times, Oct 07, 1873
  4. The London Gazette 24 January 1873
  5. The London Gazette 29 May 1874