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R. Hunt and Co

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'Little Marvel' Grinding Mill.
Eclipse B. Oil Cake Breaker. Exhibit at Museum of East Anglian Life.
Horse Gear. Exhibit at Pearns Steam World.
Horse Gear (detail). Exhibit at Pearns Steam World.
Horse Gear (detail). Exhibit at Pearns Steam World.
Horse Gear.
Name plate.
Name plate.
1880.
January 1888.
February 1899.
April 1903.
January 1906.
1914. Plummer Blocks and Cast Iron Pulleys.
Dec 1921.
1926.
1936.
1938.
2016. Restored chaff cutter.
2016. Restored chaff cutter.
1943.
1946.
September 1947.
1951. Advert for turned steel shafting, cast iron pulleys, plummer blocks, flexible couplings.
1950. Crank overhead engine, built without drawings.
1960. Advert for turned steel shafting, cast iron pulleys, plummer blocks, flexible couplings.
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1980.

R. Hunt and Co of Atlas Works, Earls Colne, Essex

Maker of stationary engines. [1]

1808 The company was established by Robert Hunt.

Later joined by his sons Thomas, Robert and Reuben.

1855 Robert Senior died and the company became T. R. and R. Hunt

1855-60 Three or four engines were made.

1857 Advertising the Essex Improved Scythe. Thomas Hunt and Brothers, Atlas Works.[2]

1858 Advertising. Thos., R. and R. Hunt, Atlas Works.[3] and also as Thomas Hunt and Brothers.[4]

When Thomas and Robert[5] died it passed to Reuben Hunt who became the sole proprietor.

1861 Shown as T. R. and R. Hunt.[6]

James Augustus Tawell joined the firm and the name changed to Hunt and Tawell but later reverted to R. Hunt and Co when he left in 1886.

1872 Manufacture of Biddell's patent Food-Preparing Machinery was taken over from Messrs. Ransomes of Ipswich.

1899 Incorporated as a Limited Company.

1900 June. Royal Agricultural Show at York. Showed chaff and turnip-cutters, pulpers, grindstones etc. [7]

1911 Catalogue for Self-Oiling Plummer Blocks.[8]


1914 Manufacturers of agricultural machinery, shafting, pulleys and all accessories for driving by power. Employees over 300. [9]

1927 Advert for turned steel shafting, cast iron pulleys. [10]

c1928 Maize Kibbler exhibit. [11]

1940 Advert for turned steel shafting, cast iron pulleys. [12]

1945 Advert for turned steel shafting, cast iron pulleys, plummer blocks, flexible couplings. [13]


Notes

1900 entry may not be the same company.

Hunt's Eclipse B oil cake breaker on display at the Museum of East Anglian Life.


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  2. Bell's Weekly Messenger - Monday 22 June 1857
  3. Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 04 June 1858
  4. Bell's Weekly Messenger - Monday 21 June 1858
  5. 1861 he is referred to as 'the late'
  6. Bell's Weekly Messenger - Monday 28 October 1861
  7. The Engineer of 22nd June 1900 p650
  8. The Engineer 1911/04/21 p 422.
  9. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  10. Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p164
  11. Museum of Country Life at Exmouth
  12. Mechanical World Year Book 1940. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p212
  13. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p257
  • Steam Engine Builders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1950 by The Augustine Steward Press