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19xx. Ref AA below
19xx. Ref AA below

Gwynnes Ltd of Hammersmith, engineers specialising in centrifugal pumps for small or large quantities of liquid, for low or high heads.

1903 J. and H. Gwynne took over their close competitor Gwynne and Co which company had belonged to James E. Gwynne, brother of John (chairman of J. and H. Gwynne). The business and machines would be transferred from premises in Brooke Street to Hammersmith. This would reduce competition and strengthen the business[1]. The name of the company was changed to Gwynnes Ltd.

1914 Hydraulic machine makers, salvage pumping machinery manufacturers, steam engine makers, turbine makers[2].

WWI: Under government instructions, manufactured and were sole licensees for Clerget aero-engines. Also produced pumps for Admiralty and War Office. The business expanded substantially but insufficient provision was made for tax due on profits, which resulted in liquidation of the company several years later.

Neville G. Gwynne was managing director; he laid out the Chiswick works [3].

1920 Incorporated into Gwynnes Engineering Co.

1926 Company compulsorily liquidated, for the reason that it did not receive the money due from its purchase by Gwynnes Engineering Co, which was also in liquidation[4].

1927 See also Gwynnes Pumps

1960 Became Allen-Gwynnes

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 27 June 1903
  2. Post Office London Directory, 1914
  3. The Times, 26 March 1920
  4. The Times, 27 November 1926