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Jesse Ellis and Co

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February 1902.
January 1906.
Two-ton Steam Wagon. 1907.
Portable Steam Crane. 1906 .
March 1907. 2-ton steam wagon.

Builders of Traction Engines at Invicta Works, Maidstone but none preserved

1873 Company founded by Jesse Ellis with Arthur Fremlin

1896 Became a limited company

1898 First steam vehicle shown at the Royal Show in Birmingham.

1903 Built a steam wagon for service in India

1905 Exhibited at the International Motor Show, Olympia. [1]

1907 March. Showed a steam vehicle at the Commercial Motor Vehicle and Boat Show at Olympia. [2]

1907 April 30th. Company went into liquidation

1907 The Invicta Works and sufferance Wharf, the premises of Jesse Ellis for upwards of 20 years, advertised for sale [3] [4]

1910 Jesse Ellis and Co with partners Jesse Ellis and R. D. Crosby dissolved. [5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Saturday, Nov 25, 1905
  2. The Times, Monday, Mar 11, 1907
  3. The Times, Saturday, Jul 20, 1907
  4. The Times, Saturday, Jul 27, 1907
  5. The Times, Wednesday, Oct 26, 1910
  • Traction Engine Album by Malcolm Ranieri. Pub 2005
  • Directory of Kent, Surrey and Sussex 1891