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John M. Henderson and Co

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John M. Henderson and Co Gantry crane ( 10T capacity ) in the north extension pumping engine house ( ca.1897 ) at Crossness Sewage Pumping Works.
1899. Henderson Incline Cableway.
1899.
1899. Double Cylinder Engine and Winding Gear.
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1904. Aerial Ropeway.
1904. Aerial Poeway.
Shipbuilding Cableway. 1906.
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Shipbuilding Cableway at Jarrow. 1906.
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Cableway Plans. 1906.
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1909. Long span cableway at Grays.
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1935. Advert for Henderson Derrick Cranes.
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Late 1950s. One of the two rail cranes built in the 1930s at Wemyss Private Railway; image credit John S Brownlie.
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Aberdeen Engineers of King's Engineering Works, 207 King Street, Aberdeen., maker of cranes, cable-ways and hoists.

1866 Company founded by the father of John Macdonald Henderson - John MacDonald Henderson, Sr. Business was at Jopp's Lane, Aberdeen specialising in the manufacture of machinery and appliances.[1]

1873 John M Henderson manufactured the 1st Aerial Cableway in the UK.[2]

1878 King Street Engineering Works were built.[3]

1903 Catalogue issued with illustrations of works carried out by the aid of the Henderson cableway.[4]

c.1910 Steam winch for Blondin cableway at Blaen-y-cae slate quarry, Nantlle. [5]

1922 The company made arrangements with F. G. Mitchell of the Mitchell Conveyor and Transporter Co, 45-50, Holborn-viaduct, London EC1 to undertake the manufacture of "Krom" crushers, "Maxecon" mills, and new type "Kent" mills for that company. Messrs. Henderson also acquired the joint selling rights of these machines.[6]

1924 Private company.

1925 Their London office was removed from 17, Cock-spur Street SWI to Amberley House, 12, Norfolk-Street, Strand W.C.2.[7]

By 1954 part of Mitchell Engineering Co[8]

1961 Engineers and iron founders, aerial ropeways and cableways, cable drag scrapers, cableway drag line excavators [9]

Made mechanical handling equipment for Mitchells and coke oven machinery for a German group,

c.1971 receiver appointed to Mitchell Engineering. John M. Henderson and Co was acquired by Hambros which brought the company to market[10]

1972 Acquired by Gulf and Western Industries.[11]

1983 Company described as a supplier of coke oven machinery. Bill Slater was managing director. [12]


There is a hand crane at Gloucester Waterways Museum. It was rescued from the lock-gate making department of the Clacknaharry Maintenance Yard at the Inverness end of the Caledonian Canal. [13]

A detailed history of the company can be viewed at Doric Columns

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Doric Columns (John M. Henderson)
  2. [2] Doric Columns (John M. Henderson)
  3. [3] Doric Columns (John M. Henderson)
  4. The Engineer 1903/06/05, p 582
  5. Plate 185, ‘The End of a Revolution: The Last Days of Stationary Steam’ by Colin Bowden, Landmark Publishing Ltd., 2008
  6. The Engineer 1922/05/05.
  7. The Engineer 1925/07/03
  8. The Times, Sep 09, 1954
  9. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  10. The Times, Nov 29, 1971
  11. The Engineer 1983/01/27
  12. The Engineer 1983/01/27
  13. Chris Capewell Queens Park London