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Richard Walker and Brother

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1880. Is this the same R. Walker?

Richard Walker and Brother of Bury.

1842 'Partnership dissolved: Richard Walker, sen, John Walker, Richard Walker, jun., John Scholes Walker, Richard Smith, and Richard Hacking, of Bury, Lancashire, machine makers (so far as regards Richard Walker, sen.)'[1]

1846 Supplied three locomotives (2-2-2) to the East Lancashire Railway

1847-53 Built another twenty locomotives

1854 No new locomotives built after this date. About 26 locomotives built in total.

1862 Supplied two engines of sixty-horse power each, and three fifty-horse Cornish boilers, to the Nuneaton Cotton Spinning and Weaving Co.[2].

1864 Advertisement concerning sale of plant and property at Britannia, near Bacup included a 'COTTON MILL, and Buildings, Engine-house, Chimney, and Engine Bed, and other outbuildings ….. together with the engine and boilers, and the main shafts and gearing, and gas and steam pipes, formerly the occupation of Messrs. James and Robert Munn. ….The Mill is newly erected, and built of stone, and is 127 feet long by 77 feet 3 inches wide. The fifty horse beam engine (McNaught's patent), and the mill gearing, and polished shafting and boilers, are by Messrs. Richard Walker and Brother.'[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. Sheffield Independent, 12th March 1842
  2. Coventry Herald, 7th February 1862
  3. Rochdale Observer, 21st May 1864
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816