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Gwynne and Co

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1899 illustration of one of the earliest centrifugal pumps built.
Exhibit in Westonzoyland Museum. Detail.
April 1870.
1877. Centrifugal pumping engine.
1883. Gas exhausters at Beckton gasworks.
1897. Two sewage pumps in the north extension pumping engine house (ca.1897) at Crossness Sewage Pumping Works. They were originally driven by horizontal steam engines, but converted to diesel.
1898. Forced draught fans for the British Navy.
1899. The largest centrifugal pump built.
1899. Iron-clad motor attached to a Gwynnes pump.
1900. Pumping Engines.
Exhibit at Beamish Museum.
Exhibit at Beamish Museum.
(Detail). Exhibit at Queensland Maritime Museum.

Gwynne and Co engineers, of Essex Street Works, Strand and Victoria Embankment (1882), and later Brooke Street Works, Holborn.

1849 The company was founded by John Gwynne, Senior who later brought his 3 sons into the business - James E. Gwynne, [1] John Gwynne, and Henry A. Gwynne [2].

1853/63 John Gwynne started work in the business

1856 John Gwynne Senior died

1866 Works at Hammersmith built on the site of the former residence of Mr Lumley.

1867 John and Henry Gwynne set up their own business at Hammersmith Works.

1868 Received an order for 'two of the very largest centrifugal pumps ever made.' They were for the Hauveille Reclamation Works in Denmark, intended to each lift 60,000 gpm to a height of 6ft. Engines to be made by Kitson and Co., of the Airedale Foundry, Leeds, with 24" cylinders, and 24" stroke.[3]

1872 John and Henry Gwynne formed the business which was to become J. and H. Gwynne[4].

1878 Henry Gwynne died

1882 Machinists, hydraulic machine makers, gas engineers[5]; Gwynne and Co belonged to James Gwynne; James Gwynne was a civil engineer[6]; later in the century, his son Neville (c.1869-)[7] was manager[8]. By this time, Henry and John had their own business at Hammersmith: J. and H. Gwynne[9].

1889 Showed engines combined with boilers and centrifugal pumps at the RASE at Windsor[10]

1892 Absorbed the Pilsen Electric Co which would be carried on as Messrs. Gwynne and Co.'s Electrical Department, Brooke Street Works, Holborn, London, E. C.[11]

1894 Description of their works in 'The Engineer'. [12]

1894 Circulating pumps for SS Caledonia[13]. Illustration shows the Company was of Brooke Street Works, Holborn.

1894 Won contract from the River Wear Commissioners to supply pumps connected to three Scavenging Engines by Crossley Brothers[14]

1900 Pumping engine for Uraga Dock. Article and illustration in 'The Engineer'. [15]

1903 The name was changed to Gwynnes Ltd, on amalgamation with J. and H. Gwynne, something that had been effected by the latter company taking over Gwynne and Co[16][17].

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. The Times, 27 June 1903
  3. [1] 24 April 1868, p.401
  4. The Times, 27 November 1926
  5. Post Office London Directory, 1882
  6. Post Office London Directory, 1882
  7. 1871 census
  8. The Times, 27 June 1903
  9. George Watkins (The Steam Engine in Industry) says there were two companies in London in the latter half of the 19th century. John and Henry Gwynne were at Hammersmith and Gwynne and Co were at Essex Street, Strand and then later at Brooke Street Works, Holborn. The two concerns joined forces at the end of the century to become Gwynnes at Hammersmith
  10. The Engineer of 28th June 1889 p545
  11. Engineering 1892/12/30
  12. The Engineer of 6th April 1894 p283
  13. The Engineer of 14th September 1894 p227
  14. The Engineer of 21st December 1894 p555
  15. The Engineer of 26th October 1900 p438
  16. The Times, 27 June 1903
  17. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978. ISBN 0-903485-65-6
  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  • AA. [2] Image courtesy of Aviation Ancestry
  • Obituary of John Gwynne [3]