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Pollit and Wigzell

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June 1898.
August 1899.
Condenser/air pump on 1909 engine at Markham Grange Steam Museum
February 1901.
February 1901.
January 1902.
300 hp Horizontal Cross-Compound Mill Engine. Exhibit at Coldharbour Mill
300 hp Horizontal Cross-Compound Mill Engine. Exhibit at Coldharbour Mill
1924. Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.
1924. Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.
Engine at Thinktank

Pollit & Wigzell of Sowerby Bridge

Maker of stationary engines. [1]

formerly Timothy Bates and Co

1834 Joseph Pollit the grandson of Timothy Bates, ran the company.

1862 Joseph Pollit bought the company

1865 Pollit was joined by Eustace Wigzell.

1871 Engine for the 'S.S. Fairy Dell' described and illustrated in Engineering. Steam supplied by J. and F. Howard 'patent safety boiler'.[2]

1874 Making high pressure marine boilers[3]

1888 500 HP compound engine for Hall and West, Bridge Paper Mills, Broadclyst. Cylinders 19" and 36" dia, stroke 5 ft. 18 ft dia flywheel, 40" wide leather belt by Fleming, Son and Co of Halifax. 76 rpm. Named 'Excelsior'.[4]

1891 Incorporated as a limited company - Pollit and Wigzell. The original directors were Joseph Pollit and Eustace Wigzell.

1899 Death of Eustace Wigzell, managing director

1900 Death of Joseph Pollit

1909 Textile engine. (Exhibit at Birmingham Thinktank museum)

1909 Textile mill engine built for Washpit Mill, Holmfirth, Yorkshire. Now preserved at Markham Grange Steam Museum, near Doncaster.

1910 Preserved horizontal engine at Coldharbour Mill

By 1911 Edward Ernest Pollit was managing director[5]

1913 Name Plate. (Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry)

1914 Engineers. Specialities: stationary engines of all descriptions for driving all classes of machinery and millwright work. Employees 300. [6]

1921 Engine for Manchester Mill, Preston [7] [8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  2. [1] Engineering, 3 March 1871
  3. 'Engineering' 16th January 1874
  4. Somerset County Gazette - Saturday 14 July 1888
  5. 1911 census
  6. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  7. [2] Photo of engine in Preston Digital Archive - "A Lancashire Cotton Scrapbook"
  8. [3]Engineers attending the new Politt & Wigzell engine c.1921 - photo in Preston Digital Archive - "A Lancashire Cotton Scrapbook"