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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Francis Dixon Bumsted

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Francis Dixon Bumsted (c1848-1929) of Bradley and Bumsted and Bumsted and Chandler


1929 Obituary.[1]

The late Mr. F. D. Bumsted Bump was an enthusiastic student of science, and at the age of 12. had a laboratory in which he carried out experiments in telearaphy and telephony became a student at King's* College, his special interest being the mechanical side. He had, fellow student. Mr. Noel Chandler. J.P., of Cannock, who later accompanied him to Glasgow, where they worked side side as engineers.

In 1873 Mr Bumsted migrated to Cannock district, and in company with Mr. Bradley started the engineering firm of Messrs. Bradley and Bumsted, Hednesford This partnership did not last for long, however, and Bumsted then took into partnership his old friend Mr. Chandler. This partnership continued for nearly half a century, during which time the concern gained a world wide reputation for its manufacture of high speed single-acting steam engines, fans for colliery, and other work, and paper-bag making machines The latter activity led to the firm adopting the word "Bags” their telegraphic address. Many of the collieries in the Midlands are using large fans for ventilation purposes, which were made at the Hednesford works of Messrs. Bumsted and Chandler. Mr was married in 1871, his best man being Mr Chandler, who has been his life-long friend, and until several weeks ago sat with him on the magisterial Bench at Cannock....


1929 Obituary [2]

FRANCIS DIXON BUMSTED had been a Member of the Institution for thirty-eight years at the time of his death on 3rd December 1929, in his eighty-second year.

He was educated at King's College, London, and served his apprenticeship at the works of the Fairfield Shipbuilding Company, then known as Messrs. Elders, at Glasgow.

In 1873, in conjunction with Mr. Fred Bradley of Kidderminster, he built and equipped the Cannock Chase Engine Works at Hednesford, and he continued as sole proprietor for some years. He became the patentee of the well-known square-bottom paper-bag making machines, and installed the first colliery electric light equipment in the Midlands in 1879, at the Earl of Shrewsbury's Brereton Collieries.

In 1890 he entered into partnership with Mr. Noel Chandler, the patentee of the well-known single-acting high-speed engines, and the firm became known as Messrs. Bumsted and Chandler.

In 1908 it was converted into a limited liability company to continue the manufacture of high-speed engines, mine-ventilating fans, pumps, paper-bag machines, etc.



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Sources of Information

  1. Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 07 December 1929
  2. 1929 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries