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Markham and Co

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1928. Deep winding engines for South Africa.

C. Markham and Co of Chesterfield.

The company had an interest in a number of quarries and collieries and the Staveley Coal and Iron Co.

Maker of stationary engines. [1]

1860 A Mr. Oliver founded the business on a small site in the centre of the town

1870 Oliver bought the land on which new works were built.

1889 Mr. C. P. Markham purchased the business from Oliver and Co., and the works were increased in size, new buildings erected, and the number of workmen increased.

1890s Built an engine for Park Gate Iron and Steel Co.

1889/1899 Bought Oliver and Co.

1899-1914 Built nineteen locomotives (0-4-0ST) for all but one on a three metre gauge.

1903 Two Horizontal Rotative Engines for The South Essex Water Board (Linford Station).

1904 Horizontal two cylinder 1000 HP winding engine for Frickley Main Colliery, Nr Barnsley. Photographed by George Watkins in 1954. [2]

1910 Illustrated article about machinery and production methods at the works here [3]

1912 Made rolling mill engine(s) for Partington Steel and Iron Co[4].

1921 Installed engine at Park Gate Iron and Steel Co for the roughing mill.

1925 Private company.

Shortly before Mr. Markham's death, the Company was made over formally to the Staveley Coal and Iron Co., Ltd., which operated the business until 1937.

1926 Name changed.

1937 Structural engineers. [5]

1937 John Brown and Co acquired the very well equipped engineers Markham and Co to support its shipbuilding.

1946 Participated in a consortium of engineering companies led by John Brown which would use surplus factory space at Yeovil belonging to Westland[6]

1961 Brass and iron founders (casting up to 40 tons) and mining, mechanical and structural engineers. [7]

1998 Production at Chesterfield was ended

An illustrated account of the history and products of the company is available in a recent book 'Markham and Company of Chesterfield'. The Appendices list brief details of individual machines made by Markham in the following categories: water turbines, tunnelling equipment; mine winding hoists (including many steam winding engines)[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  2. ‘Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain: Volume 1: Yorkshire'. Landmark Publishing Ltd., 2000
  3. [1] Heavy English Equipment Tools by I. W. Chubb, American Machinist, 23 June 1910
  4. Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Thursday 25 April 1912
  5. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  6. The Times, Dec 28, 1946
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. 'Markham and Company of Chesterfield' by K G Wort and M G Bennett: Merton Priory Press Ltd, 2005. ISBN 1-898937-64-8
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978. ISBN 0-903485-65-6