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Swayne and Bovill

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Presumably successor to Swayne and Co of Millwall, maker of railway wheels

1840s Bernard William Farey was assistant at the engineering establishment of Swayne and Bovill, where he worked under Frederick Joseph Bramwell.

1857 'The suspension has been announced of Messrs Swayne & Bovill, merchants and patentees of various kinds of machinery. The amount of their liabilities is not ascertained, but it is believed to be large, probably over £100,000. The nature of their assets is doubtful. Messrs Cheape & Leslie, an old established East India firm, have also stopped. The disaster in this case is understood to have been through some connection with the transactions of Messrs Swayne & Bovill, although the ordinary business of the two houses was entirely distinct.'[1]

1858 Fuller and Horsey placed advertisements announcing the sale of plant and equipment at the Works, in Millwall, of Swayne & Bovill. This included machines by many of the best makers - Smith, Beacock and Tannett, Collier, Parr, Curtis and Madeley, Davis of Leeds, Fox, Whitworth; foundry equipment, punching and shearing machines. Also a set of new, unused flour milling machinery; steam engines and boilers, including a compound beam engine made by Swayne & Bovill, of 70 HP, with cylinders of 16" and 32"; materials including 100 tons of iron as rod, bar, and scrap, 20 pairs of patent wrought iron wheels, 20 new capstans to Allyn's patent, a new screw propeller, patterns for mill gearing, steam engines, drums, girders, etc.; 6 hudraulic presses for hay, made by the firm to Stirling's patent.[2]


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Sources of Information

  1. Greenock Advertiser - Friday 6 March 1857
  2. Birmingham Journal - Saturday 20 February 1858