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Thomas Green and Son

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June 1888. Tramway engines.
1895. Tunnel railway, and tank engine built by W. Murphy
1895. Built by W. Murphy
June 1898.
Railings in the Addingham churchyard, Cumbria.
April 1903.
1905. 6" Silens Messor.
10" Silens Messor.
July 1907.
June 1911.
February 1915. Lawn mowers.
June 1922.
1926. Lawn Edger.
April 1928.
May 1935.
May 1935.
1938. D120 Steam Roller. Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.
Roller with Lea-Francis engine, Great Dorset Steam Fair, 2011
April 1946. Lawn mowers.
1951. Light Roller.
1947. Green's Griffin Road Roller at Lakeland Motor Museum. Reg No. JM 6513.
Reg No. 621 URL.
Grass Seed Drill.
Grass Seed Drill.
Grass Seed Drill.

Greens of Smithfield Ironworks, North Street, Leeds, and New Surrey Works, Southwark Street, London S.E. Sometimes and Sons (Plural)

1835 Company started.

1848 Thomas Green bought a site and founded the Smithfield Ironworks.

1862 Incorporated as a Limited Company.

By 1866 was operating as Thomas Green and Son Ltd (see advert)

1879 Private company. The company was registered on 14 June, to take over the business of the firm of the same name, as engineers, ironfounders and machinists. [1]

1880s Started building locomotives.

1885-98 157 tram locomotives built.

1885 Advertising that they were the sole licensees of The Steel horizontal gas engine in four sizes

1895/6 Manufacturing the Smithfield range of gas engines rated from 1 to 12 hp [2]

1905 Advert. Vertical, Cornish and Lancashire boilers. Of Smithfield Ironworks, Leeds and New Surrey Works, Southwark Street, London SE. [3]

1906-11 Built six steam tractors.[4]

1913-1917 Importer of S. P. A. (Italian). For a list of the S. P. A. models and prices of Cars see the 1917 Red Book

1913-1917 For a list of the models of mowing machines and prices see the 1917 Red Book

1914 Specialities: Lawn Mowers, Garden Rollers, Steam Tractors, Steam Road Rollers, Motor Rollers, Motor Street Sweeping Machines and Locomotives. [5]

1920 The last of the railway locomotives was built. The total was 38 in the life of the business. More than 200 tram engines were built.

Built steam road rollers from 1890s to late 1920s and five of these are preserved.

1937 Engineers. [6]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1951 Acquired by Blackburn and General Aircraft[7]

1961 General engineers, manufacturing lawn mowers, garden rollers, steam rollers and general agricultural implements. 520 employees. [8]

1975 Company bought by Atkinson of Clitheroe.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1999. ISBN 1 873098 50 2
  3. Mechanical World Year Book 1905. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p366
  4. Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles. Edited by G. N. Georgano
  5. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  6. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  7. The Times, Sep 11, 1951
  8. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • Traction Engine Album by Malcolm Ranieri. Pub 2005