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Sandycroft Foundry Co

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Pump crankshaft: Thames-Hauraki water pump, Museum of Technology, Bella Street, Thames, New Zealand
Model of the Sandycroft steam-driven Thames-Hauraki pump at the Museum of Technology, Bella Street, Thames

of Sandycroft, nr Chester

  • 1835 Company established in Clwyd, Wales.
  • c1855 Company moved to Sandycroft, Chester.
  • 1891 Advert. Listed as The Sandycroft Foundry and Engine Works Co. [1]
  • 1898 Thames-Hauraki pump commissioned at Bella Street Pumphouse, Thames, New Zealand, for draining gold mines. Most of the engine was scrapped, but the external bell crank is intact, and the crankshaft to drive it was found buried in a pit when the pumphouse was being restored as the Museum of Technology. The original overhead crane, made by James Spencer of Hollinwood, is still in situ, and this has the date 1896, so presumably the Sandycroft steam pumping machinery construction commenced at that time.
  • 1900 Incorporated as a private limited company.
  • 1911 Corliss Winding engine for mines in India. [2]
  • 1914 Manufacturers of mining and electrical machinery. [3]

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