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Robert Hyde and Son

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Robert Hyde & Son Ltd of North Stafford Steel Foundry, Stoke-on-Trent

Special Steel foundry at Clayton Street, Chesterfield

1901 Company established.

1910 Incorporated as a Limited Company.

1928 Took over the Stoke Works of the North Staffordshire Railway [1]

1928 'The firm of Robert Hyde and Son, Ltd., iron and steel founders, of Abbeydale Foundry, Sheffield, and of Chesterfield, is so busy that it finds it necessary to take immediate steps to extend its works. It specialises in axle-boxes for the railways. At Sheffield, where it employs about a hundred men, it achieved a record output three times during the past month. The situation of the Abbeydale Foundry is such that extension is impossible, and the firm has therefore decided to remove the Sheffield part of its business to Stoke-on-Trent. It has purchased there a large section of the North Stafford Locomotive Works - three times the size of its present works - which were vacated by the North Staffordshire Company when the railway grouping scheme came into operation. It is understood that the firm will be able to treble its present output when the removal is completed. There is another large section of the locomotive works which it can take over if further extension should be found necessary. A number of the skilled men will be taken from Sheffield, and the unskilled labour will be recruited from the Stoke district. The transfer will commence in about a month's time, and will be carried out gradually.'[2]

1938 Makers of cast steel axleboxes [3]

Management buyout of the company

1989 Acquired by William Cook[4]


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Sources of Information

  1. 'Railway Archive' Issue 1, July 2002
  2. [1] The Engineer, 6 July 1928, p.22
  3. 'The Railway Gazette', November 30, 1938 (1938 Annual Overseas Railways Number)
  4. The Times, May 30, 1989