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West Hydraulic Engineering Co

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September 1900. Hydraulic stamping press.
January 1902. Hydraulic forging press.
September 1902.
1903. Railway Spring Testing Machine.
March 1905.
September 1905.

of Bradford (?)

of College Hill London (office) and of Luton (works).

Benjamin Edward Todhunter was MD of the company from 1896?-1906 [1]

Before 1900 moved to Luton (See advert)

1905 Vauxhall Ironworks Co moved the majority of its production to Luton to a site adjoining that of West Hydraulic Engineering Co. The opening ceremony was on March 29th. The new building measured 180 x 240 feet with four internal bays and brick offices at one end.

1905 The Vauxhall and West Hydraulic Engineering Co was formed by the amalgamation of the Vauxhall Ironworks Co of Vauxhall, London and West Hydraulic Engineering Co[2] and was advertising its Vauxhall car.

1907 Vauxhall Motors Limited was formed separate from the Vauxhall and West Hydraulic Engineering Co to develop the motor department. The new company took over a large part of the 10 acre premises of the old company at Luton. [3]

1910 Supplied compound engined of 55 i.h.p. for a special light draft screw tug built by Forrestt and Co of Wivenhoe. Shown as Vauxhall and West Hydraulic Engineering Co. [4]

1918 The business offered for sale as a going concern and called Vauxhall and West Hydraulic Engineering Co with iron and brass foundries in Kimpton Road, Luton and a total ground floor area of 38,000 sg. ft. [5]

The West Hydraulic Engineering Co of Luton was acquired by Davey, Paxman and Co in July 1927. [6]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Bright Sparcs
  2. The Engineer 1905/05/05 p.460
  3. The Times Monday, Apr 15, 1907
  4. The Times, Wednesday, Jun 01, 1910
  5. The Times, Saturday, Jan 19, 1918
  6. The Engineer 1927/07/29