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Charles W. Taylor and Son

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of North Eastern Foundries, South Shields

1890 Works established by Charles W. Taylor

Initially made castings for ordinary reciprocating engines. Later specialized in castings for turbines.

1909 the business had increased so much that considerable additions were needed.

SHIELDS WORK FOR BRITISH ADMIRALTY. [Photo] This mammoth casting was delivered on Saturday Mr C. W. Taylor, from Uthe Templetown Foundry, South Shields. It is one half of the L.P. cylinder casing for H.M.S. Orion, one of the latest Dreadnought type of vessels which are being built to the order the Admiralty. The engines for the Orion are being constructed the Wallsend Slipway Company. The weight of the casting in its finished state is over 28 tons, and in the process of turning it out nearly 40 tons of molten metal were handled. This mass of molten fluid was run out of the ladles into the huge mould in the ground, in which the cast was made, in a minute, or a few seconds more, but the cooling process occupied from 12 to 14 days.'[1]

1918 Charles Taylor died; his son, C. R. R. Taylor, continued as Managing Director.

1927 'MAMMOTH CASTING. Upwards of 50 Tons of Metal Used.
A casting of mammoth proportions was despatched yesterday from the foundry of Messrs C. W. Taylor and Son, Laygate, South Shields. Its finished weight was 30 tons, and upwards of 50 tons of metal were used in the process of casting, the measurements of it being 17 feet in length, 12 feet 9 1/2 inches in height, and 8 feet in breadth. The casting is for a turbine casing for the British Thomson-Houston Company, of Rugby. and the job has occupied eight weeks. Messrs Taylor have several orders in hand, and are employing a good number of their regular workmen.' [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Shields Daily Gazette, 11 April 1910
  2. Newcastle Journal, 21 September 1927