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1818 Wrightson's Triennial Directory of Birmingham
1843 Blower design (see text)

of Phoenix Foundry, Snow Hill, and Lionel Street Foundry, Birmingham, Ironfounder

1803 Business established.

1843 George Jones introduced a Gas and Air Exhauster or Blower and registered its design. See illustration[1]. This was described and illustrated in the Mechanics Magazine. The design clearly anticipates the Roots Blower, patented in 1860 by Philander Higley Roots and Francis Marion Roots. Jones's blower was intended for a variety of purposes, but the illustrations show it as applied for gas retort use, and incorporating an automatic gas pressure regulator.

1849 George Jones's blower was illustrated and described in The Practical Mechanic's Journal, January 1849. The cast iron pistons were hollow, and geared together.

1849 Directory: Listed as Hinge manufacturer.

1907 Advert: 'GEORGE JONES, LIMITED. ESTABLISHED 1803. LIONEL STREET FOUNDRY BIRMINGHAM. Engineers and Makers of Rolling Mills, Tube Mills, and Wire Mills ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN or otherwise. [2]

1922 Directors: Joseph Hudson (Chairman), Ralph W. Hewitt, Fredk. Jones, Alfred Turner (and Secretary). Manufactures rolling, tube-making and wire-drawing machinery for non-ferrous trades, heavy mill gearing chilled rolls and engineering castings

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Mechanics Magazine Volume XXXIX (39) 1843 Pt2 p306
  2. Birmingham Daily Gazette - Saturday 16 November 1907