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Samuel Walker and Sons (Radcliffe)

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Fire pump, ex-Fern Mill. Exhibit at Bolton Steam Museum.

Samuel Walker and Sons of Eagle and Atlas Ironworks, Radcliffe, near Manchester.

Engineers and Machinists; makers of steam engines and fire pumps.

Originally the business was Samuel Walker

1869 Patent application by Samuel Walker and Edward Holt, both of Radcliffe, in the county of Lancaster, Engineers, in respect of the invention of "improvements in steam pumping engines."[1]

1887 Samuel Walker exhibited a "roller" carding engine.

1890 Provisional Patent No. 3196 for "Electrical and Steam Application for Actuating separate and independent alarms in connection with valves" by Samuel Walker and George Mills of Radcliffe. The latter person may have been the principal of George Mills and Co [2]

1893 Patent awarded to Samuel Walker, of Eagle Ironworks, for improvements in construction of duplex ram and bucket pumping engines.

1893 Samuel Walker transferred the business of Machinist and Loom Maker, heretofore carried on by him at the Atlas Works, in Water-lane, in Radcliffe, to Harold Snape Walker, George Edward Walker, and George Leek, who will carry on the same in co-partnership (apart from the said Samuel Walker), under, the style of Samuel Walker, Sons, and Co., and notice is hereby further given, that the engines,boilers, shafting, gearing, piping, together with the fixed and loose tools, patterns, and all other plant now in or about the Atlas Works aforesaid, belong to the said Samuel Walker, and are only leased, by him (with option of purchase) to the said Samuel Walker, Sons, and Co. All debts due to and owing by the said Samuel Walker will be received and paid respectively by him, at the Eagle Iron Works, in Radcliffe aforesaid, where he will continue his business as an Engineer and Ironfounder as heretofore.[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 12 Apr 1870
  2. 'The Electrical Engineer', March 7, 1890
  3. London Gazette 29 September, 1893