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Frank Pearn and Co

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Frank Pearn pump in operation at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station
Machine on display at Oakham Treasures.
1871. R. and F. Pearn. Improved Donkey Pump.
1876. Pumping Engine.
1885. Direct Acting Steam Pump.
1886. Steam Pump for High-Pressure Hydraulic Machinery.
1886. Duplex double acting pumping engine.
March 1888.
May 1888.
June 1898.
August 1899.
c1900. 3-cylinder water pump.
February 1901.
January 1902.
1902. Electric pumps for Kookynie Gold Mines, West Australia.
1909. Treble ram sinking pump.
November 1923.
December 1929.
1951. Advert for pumps.
Donkey or Wall Pump.
Donkey or Wall Pump (detail).

Frank Pearn and Co of West Gorton, Manchester.

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Early 1870s: Frank Pearn and Sinclair Pearn set up business together in West Gorton[1]

1871 R. and F. (sic) Pearn donkey pumps - see illustration

1872 Exhibitor at the 1872 Manchester and Liverpool Agricultural Show. Donkey Pumps.[2]

1875 Exhibitor at the 1875 Smithfield Show. Donkey Pumps. [3]

1875-78 See Patents of Frank and Sinclair Pearn

1876 Exhibitor at the 1876 Royal Agricultural Show at Birmingham with seven pumps.[4]

At some point Arthur Collings Wells became a partner with the Pearn brothers as Frank Pearn, Wells and Co

1880 Partnership and name change. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between the undersigned, Frank Pearn, Sinclair Pearn, and Arthur Collings Wells, carrying on business as Engineers, under the style or firm of Frank Pearn, Wells, and Co., at West Gorton, near the city of Manchester, has been dissolved, by mutual consent, as from the 31st day of January last. The business will henceforth be carried on by the said Frank Pearn, Sinclair Pearn, and Thomas Addyman, as Copartners, under the style or firm of Frank Pearn and Co....'[5]

1881 Advert for Manchester Donkey or Wall Pump; The Manchester Pumping Engine.

1883 Frank Pearn and Co were advertising in 'The Textile Manufacturer' as sole licensees and makers of the 'Portland' Patent Rotary Pump in England

1886 Makers of Clarke's railway signal wire compensator [6]

1886 George Richards and Co started to build patent universal horizontal surfacing, boring, milling, drilling and tapping machines under licence from Frank Pearn and Co. They were advertised jointly by Frank Pearn and Co and George Richards and Co.[7] - Pearn-Richards

1898 Supplied pumps for St. Neots Waterworks[8]

c1900 Three engines for Stockport Waterworks (Wilmslow Station).

1901 Duplex compound steam pump described in The Engineer[9]

1903 Pumps for Louth Waterworks[10]

1905 Advert for pumps, air compressors, surface and jet condensers. [11]

1913 Advert for pumps. [12]

1914 Directory: Listed as 'Pumping Machinery for all purposes'.Kelly's Directory of Durham, 1914 p765.

1914 Death of Frank Pearn; Sinclair continued the business

1917 Advert for pumps. [13]

1919 Advert for pumps. [14]

1920 Two horizontal vacuum pumps.[15]

1927 Advert for pumps. [16]

1933 Death of Sinclair Pearn, chairman and joint managing director, with his son Mr. Harold Walker Pearn.

1940 Advert. Pumps 'Pumps for all purposes'. [17]

1945 Advert for pumps. [18]

1954 Death of Harold Walker Pearn, who had been chairman and managing director for many years

1955 Resolution to wind the company up.[19]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Obituary of Sinclair Pearn
  2. Manchester Times - Saturday 14 September 1872
  3. The Engineer 1875/12/10
  4. The Engineer 1876/07/21 p40
  5. The London Gazette Publication date:15 June 1880 Issue:24855 Page:3494
  6. The Engineer 1886/04/23
  7. 'Famous for a Century' by Curtis Sparkes, Publ. Erika Sparkes, 2008
  8. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 21 April 1898
  9. [1] The Engineer 14 June 1901
  10. Hull Daily Mail - Thursday 23 April 1903
  11. Mechanical World Year Book 1905. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p36.
  12. Mechanical World Year Book 1913. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p54.
  13. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p126.
  14. Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p166.
  15. The Engineer 1920/01/16 p74.
  16. Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p126.
  17. Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p188.
  18. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p152.
  19. The London Gazette Publication date:1 April 1955 Issue:40444 Page:1966
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978. ISBN 0-903485-65-6