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W. P. Wilkins

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An underdrive Grasshopper engine.

St Helen's street, Ipswich.

1851 Grasshopper engine. [1]

1855 William Pickford Wilkins is listed as a millwright.

1862 At the 1862 London Exhibition he showed a compound engine.

1865 W. P. Wilkins's patent grinding mills, made at Orchard Works, was shown at the Smithfield Club Cattle Show. [2]

1867 After Wilkins died, his son Thomas continued to run the business at Orchard Works for a short time before moving to London.

1881 Colchester Water Works advertised for sale a 16 HP grasshopper engine and a Cornish boiler by Wilkins of Ipswich, along with a horizontal engine by Wailes and Robinson of London [3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] Photograph of engine
  2. Birmingham Daily Gazette, 13 December 1865
  3. East Anglian Daily Times - Tuesday 19 April 1881
  • Steam Engine Builders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1950 by The Augustine Steward Press