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Hopkins, Gilkes and Co

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1871 blowing engine

Hopkins, Gilkes & Co., Tees Side Iron Works, Middlesbrough

Iron works were built with 3 furnaces adjacent to the Cargo Fleet railway station, on the east side of Middlesbrough

1865 Gilkes, Wilson and Co merged with Hopkins and Co and the name became Hopkins, Gilkes and Co

1871 Large blowing engine for Gilkes, Wilson, Pease and Co of Middlesbrough. Blowing tub was 108" diameter, steam cylinder 51" dia, 9 ft stroke. Piston valve admission. 22 rpm. [1]

1873 They were involved in the building of the first Tay Bridge, taking over the on-site foundry established by De Bergue. The bridge failed disastrously in a severe storm in 1879. A variety of contributory factors were involved, including poor foundry practice.

1875 Locomotive building ceased and the company became the Tees Side Iron and Engine Works Co. Around 350 locomotives had been built

1877 Owned the Tees-side Iron Works, and the Tees-side Engine Works, in Lower Commercial Street[2]

1880 The company closed

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer, 20th October 1871
  2. The Times, Oct 01, 1877