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Smith Brothers and Co

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January 1872.
7th June 1872.
21st June 1872.
Smith's Compound Packed Water Gauge. From ‘1892 The Practical Engineer’
1932 (from ‘A Shipbuilding History’)

Gun-metal fittings makers for many applications of Hyson Green Works, Nottingham.

1826 Sydney Smith went into business in Nottingham

1847 Sydney Smith invented a pressure gauge which was so well received it formed the basis for establishing his company, Sydney Smith

1862 Pressure and vacuum gauges (patented by Sydney Smith)

1862 The firm’s name was changed to Smith Brothers and Co

1864 Sydney retired from the business, handing it onto four of his sons, Joseph, Samuel, Isaac and William, and also to his son-in-law, John Miller.

By 1871 John Miller was principal of the company.

1872 Smith Brothers and Co, of Hyson Green Works, Nottingham (see advert)

1881 Introduced their steam whistle for ships, of Hyson Green.

Early 1880s: A disagreement on policy led to 3 of the brothers eventually severing their connections with the business

1882 Samuel, Isaac and William re-established themselves at the Basford Works, Egypt Road, Nottingham under the name of Sydney Smith and Sons. Smith Brothers and Co moved from Forest Terrace to Bobbers Mill Road, Nottingham.

1889 John Miller gained a patent on cocks, which was prolonged in 1893[1]

By 1889 the Firm under the able management of John Miller Junior, had expanded into larger premises at Bobbers Mill and was exporting worldwide.

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Gun-metal screw-down valves, also gun-metal and iron fittings, such as injectors, pressure gauges, steam whistles, and other accessories for locomotive and stationary engines.

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Awarded Gold Medal for Large Mechanical Constructions.

The Company passed from the Smith family but continued to trade as Smith Brothers and Company. Hyson Green, Limited

1906 Incorporated as a Limited Company.

1911 John Miller died

1922 Manufacturer of Pressure gauges of Hyson Green Works, Nottingham. Directors: F. W. Perry (Chairman), T. G. Mellors J.P., Alderman G. A. Eastwood, J.P., and Capt. H. D. Bayley, J.P.

1924 The company erected a new fitting shop and extended their machine shops at their Nottingham works.[2]

Early 1920s: H. W. Dennis Limited became an associate Company, which introduced the firm to the manufacture of high pressure valves for oilfields and refineries.

1937 Valve manufacturers - for air, steam, oil and water, and pressure gauge manufacturers. "Hyson" Valves. "Turnesy" Cocks.

1962 Company name changed to Smith Dennis Limited

1973 the company was acquired by the Pegler Hattersley Group



Perhaps this was connected with[3]:

CCR-JAP was a motorcycle produced in 1912, by Smith Brothers of Nottingham.

This machine was a sidecar outfit with a 6hp JAP V-twin engine. It had a three-speed Chater-Lea gearbox, engine clutch, chain transmission and Druid forks. The sidecar was attached at five points. They also made a 4.5hp twin that had belt drive and an Armstrong three-speed hub gear.


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Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Daily Post, March 10, 1893
  2. The Engineer 1924/09/19
  3. The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X