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Whessoe Foundry and Engineering Co

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Whessoe Foundry and Engineering Co Ltd, of Darlington

of 25 Victoria Street, London, SW1

of Darlington (1961)

formerly the Whessoe Foundry Co

1920 Public company formed as Whessoe Foundry and Engineering Co Ltd to acquire the business and assets of Whessoe Foundry Co[1].

1930 Exclusive manufacturing arrangement for the US McKee oil refinery and blast furnace equipment in Britain[2].

1931 Instituted a research department[3]

1934 Developed electrostatic precipitator for cleaning gases[4].

1937 Manufacturers of petrol and water storage tanks and weighbridges.[5]

1937 Built spherical gas holder for Gas Light and Coke Co at Canvey Island[6]

1938 In addition to tanks (which were the largest area of turnover), various new lines of business had been developed over the years including gas cleaning for blast furnaces, and for coke oven gas in association with Woodham-Duckham Co, and electric arc welding. Had negotiated licence with Chicago Bridge and Iron Co for spheroidal tanks for light petroleum products for which the company, in conjunction with Motherwell Bridge and Engineering Co, would be appointed licensees for British Empire excl Canada[7].

WWII Produced more than half of the underground petrol storage tanks needed by the services, hulls for Churchill tanks and tank landing craft as well as parts for Mulberry Harbour (Whale), Fido and Pluto, as well as bombs and other munitions[8].

1945 Name changed to Whessoe Ltd.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 19 May 1920
  2. The Times, 3 January 1931
  3. The Times, 12 June 1931
  4. The Times 20 June 1934
  5. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  6. The Times, 26 June 1937
  7. The Times, 27 June 1938
  8. The Times, 13 July 1945