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E. Boydell and Co

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Muir-Hill Ltd, also known as E. Boydell and Co, of Elsinore Road, Old Trafford, Manchester, 16. Telephone: Trafford Park 1641. Telegraphic Address: "Muirhil". (1937)

of Stretford, near Manchester ?

1901 Company founded.

Early 1920's. Muir-Hill Service Equipment Ltd. Started by Mr Muir and Mr Hill developing the first Muir-Hill for Marcus Allen and Sons Ltd, brass and iron foundry together with chemical and mechanical engineering, at Old Trafford, Manchester.

1931 Private company.

1931 Loaders began playing a major role in sales alongside the dumpers. This is also the year that Edward Boydell took over and changed the name to E. Boydell and Co Ltd.

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Muir-Hill Machines. Muir-Hill Dumpers, 2-yard and 3-yard models for short distance haulage. Ability of Machines on soft ground and instantaneous tip are outstanding features. Model 45 Loading ~shovel loads loose materials from stock piles. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand No. D.219)

1942 Patent - Improvements in or relating to transmission systems for the mechanically propelled chassis of a tipping bucket vehicle.

1942-1945 (1 volume) Photographs of works and workers in the U.K. and in Karachi, Pakistan.

1951 Patent - Improvements relating to mobile mechanical handling apparatus and the like.

1954 E. Boydell introduced his first 1 3/8cu.yd capacity hydraulic Loading Shovel, the 2WL.

1959 E. Boydell and Co was sold to Winget Ltd of Rochester, Kent.

1961 Engineers and manufacturers of "Muir-Hill" equipment and contractors plant, and loading shovels.

1962 On 1 April, the trading activities of E. Boydell and Co of Manchester, which operated under the trading name of Muir Hill, were transferred to Gloucester to make better use of the factory space[1].

1966 David J. B. Brown had instigated the production of seven new loading shovels with lifting capacity ranging from 4000 lbs to 6000 lbs. During the latter part of this year the versatile 101 tractor, with its agricultural and industrial applications was introduced.

1968 Winget Gloucester Ltd was sold to Babcock and Wilcox Ltd. Along with this came a name change from E. Boydell and Co Ltd to Muir-Hill Ltd .

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 16 October 1962