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Frederick Braby and Co

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of Crayford, Bristol, Belfast, Glasgow, Liverpool, Plymouth, London

of Eclipse Iron and Galvanising Works and Steel Sheet Rolling Mills, Glasgow

of 352-364 Euston Road, London, N.W.I.

1837 Possibly 1839[1]Company founded.

1865 Public company. The company was registered on 24 October, to acquire the business of the firm of the same name, as galvanised iron manufacturers. [2]

1881 Tank Makers and Iron Barge Builders.[3]

c.1885 Became part owner of London Zinc Mills with a Belgian company[4]

1911 Death of Frederick Braby[5]

1921 (of Petershill-road, Glasgow) completed several extensions of their works which include an addition to the engineering shop, a new bay to the heavy bank shop, a new steel bin and furniture department, an addition to the steel window and casement department and a new roof light department.[6]

1925 Purchased the Nethan Ironworks of Motherwell.[7]

1937 Sheet metal workers and structural engineers. "Eclipse" Sheet Steel Products. [8]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

WWII Made a great variety of products for use by the Services and for other purposes, including metal sheets for Anderson shelters, parts for aeroplane hangers and for Bailey Bridges, parts of landing craft and tugs, parachute mines, steel drums for smoke screens, light petrol containers and drums for buoyancy, aluminium components for aircraft, as well as rockets, shells, etc[9]

1949 Frederick Braby and Co Ltd

  • London: Fitzroy Works, 352-364, Euston Road, N. W. 1.; and of Ida and Victoria Works, Deptford, S.E.8.
  • Glasgow: Eclipse Works, Petershill Road, Glasgow, N.
  • Liverpool: Havelock Works, Aintree, Liverpool, 10.
  • Bristol: Ashton Gate Works, Bristol, 3.
  • Also at Falkirk, Belfast and Plymouth.

1955 Acquired a controlling interest in Maxim Silencers which was anticipated to bring orders for special plant; Maxim had patents in silencers and in heat exchangers for marine use, especially distillation of water[10] (also see advert)

1957 New factory constructed at Crayford - the works at Euston Road and Deptford were relocated to Crayford. Made a range of special shop fitting products to an American design which were sold by Versatile Fittings (W.H.S.) Ltd. Drums continued to be a major product as did building components.

1959 Acquired Auto Diesels[11]

1961 Manufacturers of fabricated plate and sheet metal work; copper, zinc and aluminium roofing; constructional steel work; metal windows, partitions, door frames, pressed steel stairs, fire escape stairs, galvanized tanks, cisterns, cylinders, gutters and pipes in steel, steel drums and containers, special plant for food processing and canning, agricultural steel buildings, metal grain silos and storage bins, feeding and drinking troughs, wheel barrows, oil tanks, pressure vessels, steel shelving and metal furniture. [12]

1961 The Braby of Britain Group had a number of divisions[13]:

1967 Subsidiary Auto Diesels supplied diesel starters for Concorde[14]

1970 Acquired by the Economic Group[15]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1938 advert
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. 1881 Image
  4. The Times, May 31, 1935
  5. The Times, Oct 10, 1911
  6. The Engineer 1921/10/14
  7. The Engineer 1925/12/11
  8. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  9. The Times, Nov 24, 1945
  10. The Times, Jan 11, 1957
  11. The Times, Oct 03, 1959
  12. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  13. The Times, Mar 10, 1961
  14. The Times Aug 29, 1967
  15. The Times, Aug 15, 1970