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Francis B Welch & Co of Atlantic Works, City Road, Manchester
1885 Steam-driven vertical air compressor/vacuum pump for pneumatic dispatch system at the offices of the Manchester Guardian.
1886 Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1886, lists Francis B. Welch as engineers and contractors, electrical engineers, agents, designers & constructors of special machinery for home and export: Office: Manchester Chambers, 46 Market Street; Works: Atlantic Works, City Road, Hulme. Entries in the directories show that the company were agents for a number of prominent UK manufacturers.