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Summers and Ogle

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William Alltoft Summers and Nathaniel Ogle of the Iron Foundry, Millbrook, Southampton

formerly the premises of C. and H. Tickell

1831 November. Advert for their patent steam apparatus and boilers, 'having purchased the above mentioned premises' [1]

1831 Built two steam carriages for use on the common roads. There were three-wheeled and the boilers were worked at 250 lbs. Once managed 32 mph. Did the journey from the turnpike gate at Southampton to the four-mile stone on the London road at the rate of 24.5 mph loaded with passengers.

1832 Partnership - James Johnston leaves. '....the Partnership lately subsisting between us the undersigned, as Patent Steam-Boiler-Makars, Engineers, and Iron-Founders, at Milbrook, in the County of Hants, under the firm of Nathaniel Ogle and Company, was on the 11th day of January last dissolved by mutual consent, so far as concerns the undersigned James Johnston. All debts due from and due to the said Copartnership will be paid and received by the undersigned Nathaniel Ogle and William Alltoft Summers, who will continue the said business'[2] [3][4] It is probable that the company became Summers and Ogle at this time or possibly a couple of years earlier

First steam carriage ran from Cable street, Wellclose Square to within two and a half miles of Basingstoke where the crank broke.

Improved carriage went from Southampton to Birmingham, Liverpool and London.

1832 August. Report of a journey from Southampton to Oxford [5]

1832 October. Detailed report of the journey from Southampton to Liverpool [6]

Became Summers and Day

References used in image

1 Helm by which the carriage is guided
2 Seat for conductor
3 Coupe, like French Diligences, for four persons;
4 Seat for outside passengers
5 Hand-pump for filling tanks
6 Seat for engineer
7 Pipe for surplus steam
8 Jigger(sic) by whch the furnace is fed
9 Flue, or chimney
10 Boiler
11 Furnace
12 A Blower, worked by a strap round the axle
13 Water tank
14 Break (sic) to check speed, regulated by a lever to the conductor's seat
15 Carriage for eight inside
15* Wheels, very strong, the spokes not here marked
16 Springs on which the machinery rides
17 Springs on which the carriage rests
18 Frame connecting the whole
19 Machinery, under the carriage
20 Ash Box under the furnace
21 Pump by which the engine forces water into the tanks
22 Piston for working the pump

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Sources of Information

  1. Hampshire Advertiser - Saturday 05 November 1831
  2. [1] Gazette Issue 18916 published on the 13 March 1832
  3. [2] The Edinburgh Gazette Publication date:27 March 1832 Issue:4053 Page:84
  4. The Morning Chronicle, Thursday, March 15, 1832
  5. The Morning Post, Wednesday, August 22, 1832
  6. The Manchester Times and Gazette, Saturday, October 6, 1832
  • Steam Locomotion on Common Roads by William Fletcher. Published 1891.