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Pratchitt Brothers

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Sept 2014. Stationary Engine, powering a portable sheep shearing stand, Queensland, Australia.
General John Monash. Built c1880-1900. Bore 5.5; Stroke 8.4hP
General John Monash. Built c1880-1900. Bore 5.5; Stroke 8.4hP
General John Monash. Vertical Steam Engine Detail.
General John Monash. Vertical Steam Engine Detail.
January 1906.
1877 Pratchitt Bros. Steam-driven reciprocating pump at Enginuity, Ironbridge Gorge Museums
1915. Grinding Mills.
1915. Stone Breaker.

of Denton Iron Works, Carlisle, Engineers, Iron and Brass Founders (1922)

Maker of stationary engines, of Denton Iron Works, Carlisle. [1]

By 1860 Pratchitt and Blaylock, of Long Island Iron Works, Carlisle

Then moved to the Denton Iron Works, Carlisle, where the name Pratchitt and Co was also used

1866 The company became Pratchitt, Blaylock and Pratchitt

1870 Name changed to Pratchitt Brothers.

1878 Supplied pumping machinery and tank for the new water supply at the Prince of Wales residence at Sandringham[2]

1880 Exhibited a compound engine, intended principally for millers' use.

1905-08 Produced a few steam-driven commercial vehicles.[3]

1914 Produced a pair of winding engines for a colliery in South Wales[4]

1922 Principal: W. M. Pratchitt. Manufacturer of pumping machines, haulage and winding gears, chemical plant.

1963 Name changed to L. A. Mitchell (Pratchitt Brothers)[5]. Presumably this means the business was a subsidiary of L. A. Mitchell of Manchester?

Subsequently was part of APV-Mitchell (Dryers) Ltd and then APV PASILAC[6]

Note: General John Monash steam engine is on display at The Capella Pioneer Village Museum.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  2. The Times May 27, 1878
  3. Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles. Edited by G. N. Georgano
  4. The Times January 28, 1914
  5. The Times, Jun 04, 1963
  6. London Gazette 21 May 2004