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Spencer and Co

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Jan 1885
1885. Vertical compound mill engine.
1909. Erection of derrick over rolling railway bridge, Burma.
1909. Erection of north and south leaves over rolling railway bridge, Burma.
1909. South leaf showing counter balance over rolling railway bridge, Burma.
1909. Bridge nearing completion.
February 1911.
1913. Belt conveyor for shipping coals.
Seen in Barbados.
Seen in Barbados.
Seen in Barbados.
Blower at Millwall Dock.
Cast iron brackets in Frome, Somerset

of Melksham Foundry, Melksham, Wilts.

of Beanacre Road, Melksham, Wilts.

1884 Successor to Spencer and Gillett under Charles James Spencer.

1885 Spencer and Co installed an engine at John Taylor's mill in Melksham[1]

1894 The company was registered on 23 August, to acquire a business of engineers. [2]

c.1900 New factory opened in Melksham

1914 Engineers and contractors. specialities: grain handling machinery, silos etc., coal and ash plants, ore conveyors etc. Employees 750. [3]

1930 Manufacturer of elevating and conveying plant for grain, coal, ore, cement and other materials, and mechanical handling plant and labour-saving appliances.

Successor Spencer (Melksham) Ltd


  • A double-acting single cylinder vertical blower, by Spencer & Co is retained on a plinth at the east end of Millwall Outer Dock in the Isle of Dogs. This unit, possibly originally belt driven, is retained as a reminder of the grain silos which once lined this dock.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. 1914 Whitakers Red Book