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W. G. Allen and Sons (Tipton)

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February 1959.
Railway carriage. Exhibit at the L'Adventure du Sucre, Mauritius.
Railway carriage (detail). Exhibit at the L'Adventure du Sucre, Mauritius.

W. G. Allen and Sons (Tipton) Ltd, maker of colliery equipment, boilers, heating and general engineers, of Tipton

1860 Company founded by William George Allen, making pit tubs[1]

1908 W. G. Allen and Sons Ltd was put into liquidation voluntarily; W. T. Allen was chairman[2]

1909 Private company formed: W. G. Allen and Sons (Tipton) Ltd

1920 Death of the senior director, G. A. Allen

1922 Colliery Engineers, Iron and Steel Plate Workers. Manufacturer of iron, steel or wood colliery tubs, colliery air pipes and low-pressure piping, portable railways and rolling stock for same. Directors A. E. Allen and A. Weddell.

1939 Company made public. The company made pit tubs, light railway plant, welded steel work, boilers and a variety of other products[3]

1949 Arthur Dyson M.I.C.E. was chairman in place of Albert Weddell who had recently died[4]

Allens of Tipton was part of the W. G. Allen and Sons (Tipton) Group

1960 Advert. Equipment for the mining industry. [5]

1961 Colliery, light railway and mechanical engineers, and welded fabrications in mild and stainless steels and light alloys. Products include colliery tubs and mine cars, "Ixion" precision roller bearings and roller bearing wheels and axles, safety couplings for mine cars, light railway wagons, colliery air pipes and pit cages in steel and light alloys, hydro-mech tipplers, oil fired heaters and heatwave radiant panels. 550 employees. [6]

1968 Acquired Perrymatics[7]

1969 Had a subsidiary Allen Ygnis Boilers Ltd[8].

1970 The company was involved in central heating and engineering; the Allens of Tipton subsidiary had made a loss[9]

1981 Reported collapse in demand for oil and gas fired boilers and air heaters[10]

1985 Stone Interational agreed to acquire most of the assets of the company and its subsidiaries from the receiver[11]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times June 23, 1939
  2. London Gazette 14 Feb 1908
  3. The Times 1 Mar 1939
  4. The Times July 25, 1949
  5. Mechanical World Year Book 1960. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p156
  6. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  7. The Times Nov. 29, 1968
  8. The Times, 22 October 1969
  9. The Times Sept. 2, 1970
  10. The Times Aug. 14, 1981
  11. The Times Mar. 9, 1985