W. Richards and Son
of Phoenix ironworks, Leicester, bridge and constructional engineers.
1844 Business founded by William Richards (1815-1888).
1901 Railway footbridge built at Oakham, still exists now and is Grade II listed. Date plate on the bridge lists the makers and suppliers of components: David Colville and Sons, Frodingham Iron Co and Hickman's Iron Works.
1920 Advertised as gas and oil engine makers 
1925 Death of Henry William Hall Richards, son of the founder
1928 The partnership of W. Richards and F. H. Richards, engineers, as W. Richards and Son at Phoenix Ironworks, Leicester, was dissolved
Sources of Information
- A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1996. ISBN 1 873098 37 5
- The Times Feb 29, 1928