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1876. Hathorn, Davis and Co. Engines for Seaton Deleval Colliery.
1882. Hathorn Rock Drill.
1884.Pumping Engine, Marple Waterworks.
January 1888.
April 1888. Davey's Expansive Working. Pumping Engine.
1899. Triple expansion engine.
August 1899.
1901. Differential pumping engine.
1901. Portable Stamp Mill.
1906. Portable Petrol Pump
1909. Barring engine. Exhibit at the Museum of Power.
Pumping engine at Twyford Waterworks
Detail of low pressure valve gear on steam engine at Twyford Waterworks
Low pressure cylinder of Marine Colliery Steam Pump, near Ebbw Vale

Hathorn, Davey and Co of Sun Foundry, Dewsbury Road, Leeds were makers of stationary steam engines.

Abells of Derby set up a Works in Leeds for Henry Davey. Davey's differential pumping engine was such a success that more capital was needed to expand, which was provided by Colonel Hathorn, Davey's lifelong friend.[1]

1876 Members of the Iron and Steel Institute visited their engineering works. Hathorn, Davis, Campbell and Davey [2]

1876 Details of their pumping machinery for the Erin Colliery at Westphalia. [3]

1880 Henry Davey included in the 'Voting List' of the Iron and Steel Institute. [4]

1881 Direct-Acting "Differential" pumping engine for Nottingham Waterworks (Papplewick Station) for temporary extraction until the new engine house was operational (1884), subsequently moved to Boughton.

1882 Davey differential engine for Bank Hall Colliery

1888 Differential Compensating Pumping Engine at Weston-super-Mare. [5]

1888 Direct-Acting Pump for Wolverhampton Waterworks (Cosford Station)

1889 Direct-acting accumulator pumping engine. [6]

1889 A number of small safety engines shown at the RASE at Windsor. [7]

1890 Hydraulic and pneumatic sewage pumps. Details and Illustration in 'The Engineer'. [8]

1891 Engine for Cosford Pumping Station, Wolverhampton Waterworks, Donington.

1891 Davey differential engine for Clifton Colliery at Burnley.

1894 1,000 hp Davey Pumping Engine for draining mines. Illustration and article in 'The Engineer'. [9]

1894 Two sewage pumps to Cambridge City Council and these are preserved and can be seen at the Cambridge Museum of Technology

1896 Vertical Rotative Engine for Liverpool Waterworks (Aubery St Station)

1900 Issued catalogue of pumping engines for mines with sections for steam, hydraulic and electric driven types. [10]

1900 Details of a triple-expansion pumping engine. [11]

1900 Details of hydraulic power plant for the Miike Mines in Japan. [12]

1901 Private company.

1910 Vertical triple expansion engine from Newmarket now preserved at Kew Bridge Steam Museum

1914 Engineers. Specialities: steam, electric, hydraulic and belt-driven pumping machinery for water works, mines, sewage. [13]

1927 Pumping engine for Mill Meece Pumping Station, which has been preserved and can be seen running on steam.

1927 Advert for pumping machinery of all types. [14]

1934 Hathorn Davey went into liquidation in October 1934.

1961 Mechanical and hydraulic engineers. Manufacturing pumping installations for water supply, sewage drainage and similar purposes; boiler feed and and circulating pumps for power stations. 400 employees. [15]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1928/04/20
  2. The Engineer of 6th October 1876 p238
  3. The Engineer of 15th August 1876 p180
  4. The Engineer 1880/08/13
  5. The Engineer of 13th January 1888 p27+
  6. The Engineer of 12th April 1889 p310 & p316
  7. The Engineer of 28th June 1889 p546
  8. The Engineer of 7th February 1890 p107
  9. The Engineer of 21st December 1894 p550 & p554
  10. The Engineer of 26th January 1900. p107
  11. The Engineer of 9th February 1900. p150
  12. The Engineer of 8th June 1900 p613
  13. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  14. Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p61
  15. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978. ISBN 0-903485-65-6