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H. and J. Ellis

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April 1870.
January 1880.
Crane at Rotherham. Photo in 2011.
Crane at Rotherham. Photo in 2011.
Crane at Rotherham. Photo in 2011.
Crane at Rotherham. Photo in 2011.
Crane at Rotherham. Photo in 2011.
Crane at Rotherham. Photo in 2011.
Crane at Rotherham. Photo in 2011.

H & J Ellis of Irwell Works, Salford

Proprietors: Hugh and John Ellis

The works was located on Stanley Street, next to the River Irwell, at the former 'Irwell Foundry'. See Ellis and Noton. A detailed 1848 map shows Irwell Foundry located on Stanley Street between the New Bailey Prison and the River Irwell [1]

1872 'Fatal Accident in an Engineering Yard. Yesterday morning, while a labourer named Charles Walton, 28 years of age, was at work on a travelling crane in the yard of Messrs. H. and J. Ellis, engineers, Stanley-street, Salford, he was accidentally struck by the break handle, and thrown to the ground. He was taken to the Salford Royal Hospital and Dispensary, where it was found that he was severely injured about the head, and he died about an hour after being admitted [2]

1877 A 50-ton overhead travelling steam crane by H & J Ellis was included in the sale of equipment at the Pallion Works, Sunderland. The main beams were 18" square section pitch pine, double trussed, 35' 6" span. The steam machinery was fixed at one end of the beam.

1884 April 17th. Thursday: 'Irwell Foundry, the premises of Messrs. H. and J. Ellis, in Hanley [Stanley] Street, Salford, were seriously damaged by fire on April 17. About one hundred and fifty workmen were thrown out of work through the accident' [3]

1887 Irwell Ironworks, Stanley-street, Salford. Sale of the Valuable Steam-power Plant, Tools, &c, comprising Vertical Engine, 12in. cylinder, 2ft. stroke, with flywheel, extra rope pulley, and governors, by H. and J. Ellis; Loose Tubular Boiler, 8ft. By 2ft 10in., ditto; Millwrights' Work, Steam and Water Piping, &c. Engineering and Machine Tools embrace Double and Treble Geared Self-acting, Sliding, Screw-cutting, Surfacing, and Boring Lathes, from 6in. to 24in. centres, on planed iron straight and gap beds, to 42ft. long; Planing Machine, up to 15ft. by 5ft.; Rope Pulley Turning Apparatus, Radial and Vertical Drilling, Slotting, Shaping, Screwing, Tapping Machines: Vertical Boring Machines; 30in. Bandsawing Machine, Weighing Machines, Grindstones, Iron Saw-benches, Wood-turning Machine, 5-cwt. Standard Steam Hammer, by Massey; Punching and Shearing Machines, Bar-cropping ditto, Smiths' Hearths, Anvils, Blast Fan, by Lloyd, &c. The Foundry Plant includes Vices, Benches, Hand Tools, Screwing Tackle, Blocks, Ropes, Chain, Strapping, Stores, Sand Mill and Mixer, Patent Blower, by W. Ellis; Cupola and Stage; the Valuable Iron and Wood Patterns, consisting Rope Driving and Drawing; also Three Overhead Travelling Cranes complete, and several Iron Pillar-fixed Jib Cranes. MESSRS. FRED. THOMPSON & SON have been honoured with instructions from Messrs. Hugh and John Ellis to SELL BY AUCTION, the Irwell Ironworks, Stanley-street, Salford, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 19, 20, and 21 1887, commencing each day at eleven o'clock, tho Whole of tho Valuable ENGINEERING PLANT, above partially set out, and which was for the most part constructed by such eminent, makers as William Muir and Co., J. and J. Kershaw, Oldham and Richards, &c. On view Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, from ten to four. Catalogues are in course of preparation, and may be obtained, together with further particulars, on application to the Auctioneers, 1, St. Ann's Passage ; or to Messrs. Farrar and Hall, solicitors, 79, Fountain-street, Manchester [4]

Other Examples of Ellis Cranes

An H & J Ellis hand-operated railway jib crane survives at Tarlee, South Australia [5]

1873 Advertisement: 'Two Overhead Steam Travelling cranes, by Ellis of Salford: have only been in use a short time: one 52ft. span, the other 80ft.-Apply to THOMAS CLAY A SONS, contractors, new Owens College buildings, Oxford-road' (Manchester) [6]

1882 Advertisement for sale by auction: Windsor Bridge Stone Wharf, Salford.... instructions from Messrs. William and John Worthington, contractors (who are retiring from business).... steam mortar mill, with 7ft. 6in. pan, by H. and J. Ellis; .... two 10-ton travelling cranes, with gantry and rails complete, by H. and J. Ellis [7]

1899 Advertisement: 'Second-hand machinery for sale - 20-Ton TRAVELLING CRANE. 34 feet span, 1¼" chain; maker. Ellis. Manchester. Also Gearing, for rivetting tower, to lift 35 Four Sheave Blocks and Chains. Trolley Carriage to lift 15 tons.........'. Vendor: Hick, Hargreaves and Co, Bolton [8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Godfrey Edition Old Ordnance Survey Town Plans: New Bailey and Ordsall Lane [1] Alan Godfrey Maps website
  2. Manchester Evening News - Wednesday 24th April 1872
  3. [2] Salford Hundred Ancestry, Annals and History, online. See 1884 page
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 10 December 1887
  5. [3] Photograph of Tarlee crane
  6. Manchester Evening News - Monday 28th July 1873
  7. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 14th October 1882
  8. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 19th August 1899