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Hydraulic Engineering Co

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Large Brotherhood-type radial steam engine to drive rolling mill at Cyclops Forge, 1876
1876. Hydraulic Punching and Shearing Machine at Toulon Dockyard.
1877. Marillier's patent hydraulic hoist, Albert Dock, Hull.
1884.Forty-Ton Hydraulic Crane, Portsmouth Dockyard.
1893. Deptford Station of the Hydraulic Power Co.
1920. Mangnall's earth thrust borer.
June 1969.

Hydraulic Engineering Co of Charles Street, Chester were engine builders.

1869 Edward Bayzand Ellington entered into partnership with Bryan Johnson of Chester. The company, renamed Johnson and Ellington, began specializing in hydraulic machinery.

1874 Incorporated as a limited company.

1875 they acquired the right to manufacture the Brotherhood three cylinder hydraulic engine. The company was converted to a limited company named the Hydraulic Engineering Co.

1876 Had a pair of small engines running for the hydraulic hoists at Nettlefolds[1]

1876 Hydraulic punching and shearing machine to the design of R. H. Tweddell. [2]

1876 Supplied a range of equipment on Tweddell's sytem to the French Government dockyards at Toulon, including large hydraulic pumping and shearing machines and two 50 HP pumping engines. The contract was handled by Henry Chapman of Paris[3]

1883 Two 40-ton hydraulic cranes to work in the forge at Portsmouth Dockyard. [4]

1891 For description of works see 1891 The Practical Engineer

1894 Chester Hydraulic Co supplied 4 triple expansion engines for the central hydraulic station at Manchester.

1903 Two Horizontal Engines with gear drive for the Great Western Railway (Kemble Station)

1905 Plaque at the Museum of the Great Western Railway 'No. 101'.

1914 Engineers, ironfounders and manufacturers of hydraulic power plants, cranes and lifts. Employees 400. [5]

1920 Mangnall's Earth Thrust-borer. [6]

Pre-1927 Hydraulic Pumping Engine. Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1876/07/28 p60
  2. The Engineer of 29th September 1876 p228
  3. [1] 'Engineering', 24 November 1876, p.441 & 446
  4. The Engineer of 4th January 1884
  5. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  6. The Engineer of 9th April 1920 p369 & p376
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978. ISBN 0-903485-65-6