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Cole, Booth and Porter

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Cole, Booth & Porter, also Cole, Booth & Co, of Vulcan Works, Tonge Street, Bradford

Note: In 1883 Vulcan Works was occupied by Wilson Topham (late W.P. Tattersall), 'Woodworking Machinist, Millwright, Ironfounder, Vulcan Works. Dudley Hill, Bradford. SAW BENCHES, Fast or Rising Top. Deal Frames, Band Saw Machines, Planing and Moulding, Planing and Mortising, Planing and Thicknessing, and Tenoning Machines. In Stock or shown Working.'[1]

by 1896 Vulcan Works was occupied by Newton, Bean and Mitchell.

  • 1883 350 HP triple expansion engine at Stanley Mill, Bradford. Photographed by George Watkins. Unusual design, having all three cylinders acting on one crank. The cylinder diameters were 10", 16" & 24". Two of the cylinders were alongside each other, while the third was below, and their piston rods acted on a common crosshead[2]
  • 1891 'RESUMPTION OF WORK AT THE KINGSBRIDGE MILLS.
    This (Monday) morning, at six o’clock, the Kingsbridge Woollen Factory, owned Messrs. F. and J. Clayton and Co., Limited, will resume active work, after cessation of months, during which alterations and improvements on extensive scale have been completed, placing tbe establishment in the foremost rank among our woollen manufacturing concerns. Tbe principal additions comprise the erection of a new chimney, boiler and engine, which will vastly increase the motive power of the mills, and increase the productive powers of the factory enormously. The new chimney is built of best Kingscourt brick, and of those there are 36,000 in the structure, including the flue. It stands 120 feet high and is 10 feet at the base, finishing off at 6 feet wide, with 6 tons of County Meath white quarry cut granite. The new steel boiler is 300 horse power, and it will evaporate 6,0001bs weight water per hour, equivalent to 600 gallons. It was built by Messrs. Holdsworth, of Bradford, and has plates in one length of 28 feet inches, butt jointed and double plates over seams, with two rows of rivets right through. The boiler has been tested to 200lbs pressure per square inch, while the working pressure will be 100lbs.
    The engine is regarded as quite a novelty in many respects. It was built by Messrs. Cole, Booth, and Co., of Bradford, and is of the compound condensing order, consuming only 1 3/4 lbs of coal per hour per horse power, which is said to the lowest result in the consumption of fuel yet obtained in the engineering world. The valve gear is of peculiar construction, and is patented by Messrs. Cole. It is claimed for it that it has been a distinct success in the Bradford district developing great power at the lowest possible expenditure of coal. This engine drives the mill by rope gearing, which is a considerable saving on belt-driving, and hence tbs Kingsbridge firm anticipate large results from the gain accruing in driving power of their machinery. The metal fly-wheel is a powerful one, with five grooves for the ropes, and possessing a circumference of 37 feet. .....'[3]
  • 1893 'A new steam engine, built for William Woodhead, of Parkside Road, Manchester Road, by Messrs Cole, Booth & Co., of Vulcan Works, Dudley Hill, was started on Monday. It replaces two smaller engines which were almost destroyed by the disastrous fire last year. It is a horizontal compound oondensing tandem engine, the high pressure cylinder being 22in. diameter, and the low pressure cylinder 36(?)in diameter, with 6ft. stroke. The engine is set to runat fifty-one revolutions per minute at present, but when the new mill is completed it is proposed to be worked at seventy revolutions per minute, at which speed it will work to 550 indicated horse-power. [4]
  • 1895 'THE AFFAIRS OF BRADFORD IRONFOUNDERS. LIABILITIES £7,800.
    Cole, Booth and Co., Vulcan Iron Works, Dudley Hill, Bradford, iron founders, have executed a deed of arrangement for the benefit of their creditors, Mr Edgar Musgrave being the trustee. .....'[5]
  • 1904 An 80 ihp Cole, Booth & Co. horizontal engine, 36" stroke, was adverised for sale during the dismantling by Bradford Corporation of the Eagle Works, Listerhills Road, Bradford.</ref>Bradford Daily Telegraph - Thursday 20 October 1904 </ref>
  • 1923 Advert: 'FOR SALE, 200 h.p. Tandem Engine, 140lb. working pressure, stroke 3ft. 6in.,makers Cole. Booth, Co.; good running order; bargain. £150 f.o.r. Bradford. — H. Bentley and Co., Dick Lane. Bradford.'[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. Bradford Daily Telegraph - Saturday 12 May 1883
  2. ‘The Textile Mill Engine, Part 2’ by George Watkins: Landmark Publishing Ltd.
  3. Irish Times - Monday 13 July 1891
  4. Bradford Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 4 October 1893
  5. Bradford Daily Telegraph - Friday 15 November 1895
  6. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 20 October 1923