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Howell and Co

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June 1888. Steel tubes.
December 1889.
January 1896.
May 1896.
April 1903.
December 1906.
1913. "Super-Vitrite" High speed tool steel.
September 1913.
Dec 1921.

Tube makers of Sheffield Tube Works Wincobank, Sheffield (1922)

of Brook Steel Works, Sheffield.

1868 'LAMINATED STEEL ROPES. We have just seen a sample bundle of steel strips, or ribbons, bound together by thin wire ; the bundles contained about 48 strips, 3in. wide by 1-16 in. thick, making a sectional area of 9 square inches. It was manufactured by Messrs. Howell and Co, Sheffield, and Mr. Howell tells as that the above bundle of steel strips could not be broken with a less strain than 720 tons, equal to 80 tons per square inch, and that he will guarantee there shall be no permanent act of the metal with any strain less than 30 tons per square inch. He can roll these steel strips of any length required in practice, and proposes that suspension bridge chains ahould be made with them....'[1]

1874 'Joseph Bennett Howell, is a steel manufacturer, residing at Sheffield, carrying on business under the style of Messrs. Howell and Co'[2]

Business established by Joseph Bennett Howell and his son Samuel Earnshaw Howell

1884 Patents. 'Joseph Bennett Howell, and Samuel Earnshaw Howell, both of High Court Chambers, High-street Sheffield, for improvements in the manufacture of crank axles; Joseph Bennett Howell and Samuel Earnshaw Howell, both of High Court Chambers, High street, Sheffield, for improvements in the manufacture of blocks, slabs, plates, and bars for armour, ordnance, and other useful purposes (complete specification).'[3]

1922 Manufactured weldless steel tubes, superheater flue tubes and elements, lapwelded steel or iron tubes, gas, water, steam and hydraulic tubing high-speed steel, tool steel, non-corrodible steel files, etc.[4]

Amalgamated with the Brook Steel and File Works

1930 Two large tube makers Stewarts and Lloyds and Tube Investments entered into an agreement to reduce duplication [5]. Although this was to “facilitate exchange of information and technology” it resulted in Stewarts and Lloyds gaining a half interest in the Bromford Tube Co of Erdington, Birmingham and then acquiring the other half in 1945; and in Howell and Co Sheffield, this being given up in 1938.

1971 Tube Investments's subsidiary Howell and Co, part of the steel tube division, was to be closed [6].

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Sources of Information

  1. Sheffield Independent - Tuesday 11 February 1868
  2. Sheffield Independent - Wednesday 22 April 1874
  3. Derby Daily Telegraph - Thursday 21 August 1884
  4. 1922 Who's Who In Engineering: Company H
  5. The Times, 11 October 1930
  6. The Times, 14 January 1971