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July 1895.
August 1899.
February 1901.
January 1902.
April 1903.
c1905. From Royles catalogue
c1905 Steam-driven pump from Royles catalogue
October 1906.
November 1906. Symphonia Steam Traps.
January 1907.
February 1907.
March 1909.
February 1911.
March 1912.
October 1912.
February 1913.
1914. Water-softening plant.
1914. Row's patent standard pattern calorifier. Used for heating circulations in pipes to warm ships' saloons, cabins and state rooms.
1914. Calorifier specific for use with waters liable to deposit scale of lime or salt.
1914. Storage pattern calorifier.
1914. Cast brass body encasing a battery of Row's patent indented tubes.
Nov 1919.
November 1923.
1932p075a Royles.jpg
1926. Twin Strainer.
December 1929.
February 1931. Air Heaters.
May 1933.
October 1952.
1964. Symphonia Rapide

of Liverpool Road, Irlam, Manchester.

1876 Company founded by John James Royle

1900 Public company. The company was registered on 25 April, to take over the engineering business of John James Royle. [1]

1914 Engineers. Specialities: Feed water heaters, calorifiers, steam kettles, fresh water condensers, evaporators, steam traps, reducing valves, boiler mountings, water softening and filtering plants, steam and water appliances for public baths, iron and brass castings, copper work etc. Employees 300. [2]

1917 Advert. Engineers, iron and brass founders, and copper smiths. Evaporators, condensers, steam heaters, feed water heaters, calorifiers etc. [3]

1926 Mr H. C. D. Scott was appointed chairman of directors, to succeed the late Mr O. M. Row.[4]

1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history

1940 Advert. Specialities for steam users. [5]

1945 Advert. Specialities for steam users. [6]

1961 Manufacturing engineers, specialists in heat exchangers, calorifiers, steam traps, twin and single strainers and pressure reducing valves. 250 employees. [7]

The factory closed in the mid 1970s, and the site was cleared.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. 1917 Worrall's Yorkshire Textile Directory Advert p72
  4. The Engineer 1926/10/29
  5. Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p114
  6. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p138
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE