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Wells Brothers

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c.1896 engine at Anson Engine Museum
c.1896 engine - close-up of valve gear, showing governor-controlled 'hit and miss' inlet valve operating arrangement

of Sandiacre, Nottingham, gas engine makers.

c1890 The five Wells brothers formed a partnership with John Henry Hamilton and Arthur Rollason to produce the Premier gas engine

1891 Wells Brothers of Sandiacre exhibited at the Royal Show at Doncaster[1].

1892 Silver medal at the Crystal Palace Electrical Exhibition[2].

1894 June. Took part in the Royal Agricultural Society’s Competitive Trial of Oil Engines. Wells' Premier oil engine made under the Hamilton's patents. 4.0 hp fixed engine. Article in ‘The Engineer’ [3][4][5]

1895 The range of oil engines were rated from 0.75 to 120 hp

1896 Oil engine exhibited at the Royal Agricultural Society's Show[6].

1898 Acquired by / name changed to Premier Gas Engine Co.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, 22 June 1891
  2. The Times, 8 July 1892
  3. The Engineer 1894/06/22 p540
  4. The Engineer 1894/07/06 p9 & p26
  5. The Engineer 1894/11/30 p472
  6. The Times, 22 June 1896
  • A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1999. ISBN 1 873098 50 2