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John Spencer

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December 1887.
March 1888.
December 1889.
December 1889.

John Spencer Ltd, makers of Iron and Steel tubes, of Globe Tube Works, Wednesbury.

of the Globe Tube and Engineering Works, Wednesbury

London Office, 3 Queen Street Place, Cannon Street. Birmingham Office, 13 Temple Street. Liverpool Office, 34 Moorfields.

1847 Business established by Cornelius Whitehouse at the Globe Tube Works, Wednesbury

1874 John Spencer (1846-1910) started business as a tube manufacturer at the Vulcan Tube Works, West Bromwich.

1879 Was this the John Spencer who made gauges and valve cocks?[1]

1881 Advert. Anti-Corrodo Tubes and Fittings, coated by Barff's Rustless Process. Agents J. E. and S. Spencer (see advert)

1882 Spencer purchased the Globe Tube Works, Wednesbury, from Whitehouse to accommodate the growing demand.

1894 Catalogue of Iron and Steel tubes. [2]

1895 Advert. Flanged tubes. [3]

1898 the business was converted into a private company under the title of John Spencer, Ltd.

1900 Trade price list of wrought iron gas, steam and water tubes and fittings. [4]

1905 Carried out the contract for the pipework, boiler feed pumps, feed heater and economiser for construction of Handsworth Power Station[5]

1908 Catalogues of tubes, etc[6]

1910 Steelwork Towers for Electric Transmission Lines. [7]

1921 Catalogue (26th edition) of John Spencer Ltd (late Whitehouse and Co. Ltd) of Globe Tube and Engineering Works, Wednesbury, manufacturers of iron and steel tubes. Stamped "Buy British goods and help to reduce unemployment"[8].

1926 Opened offices at College Hill House, 176-178 Upper Thames-street, London E.C.4 under the management of Philip Spencer, and that this new branch will deal with the sales of all the firm's specialities.[9]

1937 Iron and steel tube manufacturers. [10]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1879/11/14
  2. The Engineer of 13th April 1894 p315
  3. Mechanical World Year Book 1895. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p22
  4. The Engineer of 2nd November 1900 p453
  5. The Engineer 1905/10/13
  6. The Engineer 1908/12/11
  7. The Engineer 1910/06/24
  8. National Archives [1]
  9. The Engineer 1926/02/12
  10. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries