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W. C. Holmes and Co

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1864.
January 1866.
1868.
February 1904.
September 1909.
August 1912.
February 1914.
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1926.
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February 1959. Holmes-Rothemuhle.
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Gas and chemical engineers and contractors, of Huddersfield.

Gas engine. Exhibit at Anson Engine Museum.

1850 Company founded.

1910 Private company incorporated

1914 Engineers. Specialities: apparatus for the purification of gas; roofs, bridges etc.; chemical plant. Employees 300 to 500. [1]

1944 Acquired interest in George Waller and Son Ltd[2].

1947 Acquired majority of shares in private company B. Thornton Ltd (incorporated 1939) makers of plant for the coke oven works, iron and steel industry, equipment for rolling mills and chemical works; acquired a majority of the ordinary shares in Schofield and Taylor Ltd, (incorporated 1911), makers of plant for the coke oven works, iron and steel industry and the textile industry, equipment for rolling mills and chemical works[3].

1949 B. H. D. Engineers was formed as a public company to acquire Bryan Donkin Co and W. C. Holmes and Co, to carry on business as mechanical, chemical and gasworks plant engineers and ironfounders[4].

1961 Gas and chemical engineers, dust collection and control plant. 630 employees. [5]

1961 Connersville-type meters were distributed in the UK by the W C Holmes company[6]

1973 BHD Engineers was acquired by Hanson Trust who later sold about two-thirds: Holset Engineering Co was sold to Cummins Engine Corporation of USA, and W. C. Holmes and Co was sold to Peabody Galion of USA[7]

1974 the company was renamed Peabody Holmes Ltd

1990 Renamed Dresser Holmes Ltd, a subsidiary of Dresser (Holdings) Ltd

1991 Designer and manufacturer of burner equipment. Acquired by Hamworthy Engineering Ltd. Renamed Hamworthy Combustion Equipment Ltd

1992 Became part of Peabody Engineering Ltd


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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. The Times, 11 February 1949
  3. The Times, 11 February 1949
  4. The Times, 11 February 1949
  5. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  6. The Times, Jun 08, 1961
  7. The Times, Sep 15, 1973
  • Companies house filings