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Bialogon Machine Works

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near Kielce, Poland

The Bialogon Machine Works developed into what is now the pump-making business Kielecka Fabryka Pomp "BIAŁOGON", and their website[1] states that industrial activity started at the site with the construction of a smelting mill in 1814-1817. Smelting ended and attention turned to machinery production in 1827. British engineers and mechanics were brought in, and modern machines were ordered in Manchester and Derby.

In its first year of operation, other machine tools came from the Polish Government factory in Solec.[2]

In 1835 William Preacher was sent to Britain for a year to acquire new machinery for Bialogon, and returned with three specialists, William Allen, Thomas Felvers and Thomas Butler.[3]

Some of the old machines, including examples by Fox of Derby and Sharp, Roberts and Co, were saved when the machine works closed, and are now preserved in a former ironworks, now a museum, at Sielpa Wielka.


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Kielecka Fabryka Pomp "BIAŁOGON" S. A. website, history pages
  2. [2] 'British Technologies and Polish Economic Development 1815-1863', by Simon Niziol, Thesis submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, December 1995, p.99. Note: Large PDF
  3. [3] 'British Technologies and Polish Economic Development 1815-1863', by Simon Niziol, Thesis submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, December 1995, p.85. Note: Large PDF