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Owen, Brazil and Co

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Owen, Brazil & Co of Vulcan Iron Works, St Philip's Marsh, Bristol

1893 Established by C G Owen and John P. Brazil. Makers of German Bonzac cigarette machines under licence, Djinn marine engines, perforated plates for Spencer Moulton rubber railway buffers, hydraulic presses, castings and forgings.

1895 Cecil George Owen died

At some point H. F. Moseley joined the firm

1897 H. G. Holborow, a steam engine maker, joined the firm, and it became Owen, Brazil and Holborow

1901 Sidney Straker joined the firm which became Brazil, Holborow and Straker. The firm extended its Vulcan Iron Works in Chapel Street, St Philip's, and opened new premises in Grafton Street and Albert Road

1907 The firm was re-organized as Brazil, Straker and Co., Ltd.

Note: Goad's Fire Insurance Plan of 1896 shows the Vulcan Iron Works (Owen, Brazil & Co) in the group of buildings formerly owned by the Avonside Engine Co[1]. This was about 1/3 mile north of Chapel Street - the 1901 location of 'Vulcan Iron Works' - so presumably they moved out of the Avonside Works between 1896 and 1901

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Avonside Ironworks, Bristol' by John Cattell, BIAS Journal 30 1997 (Bristol Industrial Archeological Society)
  • Much of this information is from 'Fedden - the life of Sir Roy Fedden' [1]
  • 'Fedden - the life of Sir Roy Fedden' by Bill Gunston, Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Historical Series No, 26, 1998