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Thornton and Crebbin

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Date unknown c.1910? Photograph of workers.
Date unknown c.1910? Upper half steam turbine casing casting, in the process of being fettled
June 1898.

of Hammerton Street Ironworks, Bradford

Manufactured a wide range of products, icluding large marine engine castings, cast iron pipes, cast iron products in geeneral (including street nameplates), steam condensers, machine tools including capstan lathes, steelworks hot saws.

1886 Cast a 50-ton bed for a hydraulic press for Leeds Forge Co.[1]

1893: Advertisement on 'Engineering' 1st September 1893 states that they made steam engines, rolling mills, gearing, hydraulic presses, foundry plant including hoists, blowers and cranes, plate bending machines, and hot iron saws.

c.1906 John Thornton died.

1907 'The breaking of a girder at Messrs. Thornton and Crebbin’s Ironworks yesterday resulted in a huge steam overhead crane crashing to the ground, a distance of about twenty feet. The driver, John White, aged 49, of Quill-street, was in the cage attending to the machinery, and sustained severe injuries to his right side and thigh, and was taken to the Infirmary.'[2]

1910 Business advertised for sale.[3]

1910 'It is reported that the business of Thornton and Crebbin, Ltd., ironfounders, Hammerton Street, Bradford, has been acquired by Cole, Marchent and Morley Ltd., engine builders, of Prospect Foundry. The intention of the purchasers is to have all castings made at Thornton and Crebbin's premises, and to limit operations at Prospect Foundry to designing, machining, and finishing. The firm of Cole, Marchent, and Morley dates from 1848, and was converted into a limited company about ten years ago.'[4]

1911 Cole, Marchent and Morley advertised a number of Thornton & Crebbin's machine tools for sale, including a 22", 7 ft 6" swing, 20 ft centres lathe by F. and G. Butterfield, a 36", 20 ft centres, 8 ft faceplate, by Embleton, Mackenzie and Walton, and a planing machine, also by Embleton, Mackenzie and Walton. [5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Bradford Weekly Telegraph - Saturday 21 August 1886
  2. Leeds Mercury - Friday 18 January 1907
  3. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 13 June 1910
  4. Bradford Weekly Telegraph - Friday 16 September 1910
  5. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 6 April 1911