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Premier Gas Engine Co

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Name plate No: 1896.


1908. Large Gas Blowing Engine.
December 1929. Crossley-Premier.
1933. 600 B.H.P. Vis-A-Vis Four Crank Marine Engine for Electric Propulsion.

Premier Gas Engine Company of Sandiacre, Nottingham

1898 Company incorporated to acquire the business of gas engine manufacturing of Wells Brothers, Nottingham.

1900 250 hp Gas engine. Description and illustration in 'the Engineer' [1]

1903 Thomas Wright (1866-1919) was appointed works manager after severing his connection with Siemens Brothers and Co.[2]

1908 Large gas blowing engine. Description and illustration in 'the Engineer'. See illustration.

1919 The company was bought by Crossley Brothers

1923 Bought the Saunderson Tractor and Implement Co

1920 1,000 bhp four-cylinder single-crank vertical large Gas engine. Description and illustration in 'the Engineer' [3]

1934 Three pumps installed at Kings Lynn by Gwynnes Pumps of London and Lincoln, claimed to be the world's largest; driven by 1000 bhp engines from Premier Gas Engine Co[4].

1932 John Henry Hamilton died.[5]

1935 The name was changed to Crossley-Premier Engines Ltd; public offer of shares [6].

1962 Agreement to use the French Pielstick design of engines. Production of these engines, intended for ships, railway locomotives and electricity generation, was initially carried out at Nottingham.

1965 Before the Pielstick engines were established in the market, funds ran out and Crossley Brothers had to call in the receivers.

1965 The Sandiacre factory was sold to Peter Brotherhood Ltd; the work done at Sandiacre was transferred to the Openshaw factory as well as plant concerned with testing and manufacture of Pielstick engines, so that the total manufacture of Pielstick engines would take place under one roof [7].

1966 The receivers of Crossley Brothers had reorganised the company and sold the business and assets to some of its subsidiaries. Subsequently Belliss and Morcom acquired Crossley-Premier Engines and Furnival and Co [8].

1966 Production ceased at Sandiacre.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 16th November 1900 p493
  2. The Engineer 1903/03/20 p 302.
  3. The Engineer of 21st May 1920 p526 + Supplement
  4. The Times, 9 August 1934
  5. The Engineer 1932/03/04
  6. The Times, 2 December 1935
  7. The Times, 21 June 1965
  8. The Times, 7 November 1966;
  • A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1999. ISBN 1 873098 50 2