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1867. 10 horse power traction engine.
1868. Eight - Horse Portable Engine at the 1868 Smithfield Club Show.
April 1870.
1870.Four-Horse Combined Engine and Boiler, 1870 Royal Agricultural Show (Oxford).
1871. Traction engine wheel.
January 1872.
June 1872.
1892. 10-hp Compound Undertype Engine.
1892. Finishing Threshing Machine.
1893. 'Trusty' Oil Engine.
1897. Exhibits at the 1897 Smithfield Club Show.
1899. View in the Threshing Machine Fitting Shop.
1899. Views Showing a Portion of a Day's Delivery of Engines and Machines Ready for Dispatch.
1899. A Portable Engine.
1899. Another View if Portable Engine.
1899. A Convertible Traction Engine and Road Roller.
1899. Specially Designed Road Locomotive for Continuous Hauling on Common Roads.
1899. Clayton and Shuttleworth's Standard Type of Agricultural Locomotive or General Purpose Traction Engine.
1899. Combined Fixed Engine and Locomotive Boiler.
1899. View of the Stamp End Works.
1899. Patent Chaff Cutter Mounted on Four Wheels.
1899. Finishing Threshing Machine fitted with Clayton and Shuttleworth's new patent drum.
1901. Imported to New Zealand No. 32648. Pre Restoration.
1901. Imported to New Zealand No. 32648. Pre Restoration.
1901. Imported to New Zealand No. 32648. Restored.
1902. Compound Road Locomotive.
1903. Combination Traction Engine, Road Roller, and Crane.
1904. Wood fuel steam road roller.
December 1908.
1913. No. 43294.
1913. No. 43294.
1917. Crawler. Exhibit at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.
1917. Crawler. Exhibit at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.
1920. Forging and stamping plant at Abbey Works.
1920. Forging and Stamping plant at Abbey Works.
January 1920.
January 1920.
1923. Type JA. 20 hp. Exhibit at Internal Fire Museum of Power.
1931. Combined Harvester and Thrasher.
Office building surviving in Lincoln (2009)
Exhibit at the Shuttleworth Collection.
Exhibit at the Shuttleworth Collection.
Exhibit at the Shuttleworth Collection.
1935. Model K40. Built under licence in Budapest by Hofherr Shrantz, Clayton and Shuttleworth. Exhibit at the Shuttleworth Collection.
Clayton type engine. Exhibit at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
c1860. Large wheels believed to be from road scrapeing machine. Seen in Chile.
c1860. Large wheels believed to be from road scrapeing machine. Seen in Chile.
c1860. Large wheels believed to be from road scrapeing machine. Seen in Chile.

Of Stamp End Works, Lincoln were manufacturers of traction engines, agricultural machinery and locomotives.


1842 Clayton, Shuttleworth and Co was established by Joseph Shuttleworth and Nathaniel Clayton at Stamp End Works, Lincoln as an engineering business.

Iron-founding soon became their main interest, with the railway boom at first providing a rapidly expanding market. This was followed by the start of their rise to prominence as agricultural engineers.

1845 Produced portable steam engine similar to William Howden and Son of Boston. Clayton had been a captain on one of the river boats and often visited the works of Howden.

1849 Started making steam threshing machines.

1849 Exhibited a large range of implements at the RASE show at Norwich [1]

1851 Exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition. Details of their products shown at at-

1851 Award at the 1851 Great Exhibition. See details at

1852 They employed 80 persons.

1853 Won the first prize at the Gloucester Show for a portable engine.

By 1854, when the Royal Agricultural Society of England show was held in Lincoln, the company employed 520 men and 80 boys.

1856 Had built 2,200 portable engines built by this date.

1860 Produced self-propelled model and worked with Aveling and Porter and Fowler.

1861 Employing 900 men [2]

1861 Exhibited at the Royal Agricultural Society of England meeting in Leeds - exhibited portable steam engines and machines such as circular-saws, pumps, etc[3]

1862 Exhibited at the 1862 London Exhibition. Details of their products shown at -

1867 Produced two railway locomotives for Hall and Co.

1870s Producing engines for the agricultural market.

1875 Produced a railway locomotive.

1876 Exhibitor at the Royal Agricultural Show at Birmingham with a 10 hp double cylinder traction engine. [4]

1877 Exhibitor at 1877 Royal Agricultural Show.[5].

1881 Employing 1,295 people [6]

1883 Joseph Shuttleworth died

1888 Issued catalogue on portable, semi-portable, traction and fixed engines, boilers, thrashing and elevating machinery, power chaff cutters, mills, saw benches, centrifugal pumps and water mills. [7]

1892 Produced a railway locomotive for the Consett Iron Co.

1900 June. Royal Agricultural Show at York. Showed three traction engines. [8]

1900s Produced steam tractors.

1901 Incorporation of Company on 18 January. The company was registered to acquire the business of general engineers of a firm of the same name. Alfred Shuttleworth is the original vendor. [9] [10]

1902 Produced a railway locomotive for the Consett Iron Co.

1906 They employed 2,000 persons.

1911 Smithfield Club Show. Exhibited latest agricultural or general-purpose traction engines. [11]

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Steam Motor Wagons, Tractors and Ploughs etc. see the 1917 Red Book

1914 They employed 2,100 persons. [12]

WW1 Set up a subsidiary company Clayton Wagons at Abbey works, Lincoln.

1916 Produced the Clayton tractor with a Dorman four-cylinder Kerosene engine

1920 Long description of their new Abbey Works, Lincoln in The Engineer. [13]

1920 Royal Agricultural Show at Darlington. Showed 5 ton steam wagon (illustrated). [14]

1921 Had successfully developed a business in mainline locomotive boilers and considered there were good opportunities in water-tube boilers, which the company would soon be able to supply up to the largest sizes required for power stations. The new crude oil engine had been well received. Had accepted a large block of shares in an Austrian company from which there was a prewar debt which was unlikely to be repaid[15]

1921 Mr R. McGregor joins the firm as engineer and manager.[16]

1924 The engineering side was sold to Babcock and Wilcox.

1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history.

1929 The company was put into liquidation; the goodwill, some debts and spare parts were bought by Marshall, Sons and Co[17].

Portable Engines

See Clayton and Shuttleworth: Portable Engines

Steam Engines

See Clayton and Shuttleworth: Steam Engines

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Jackson's Oxford Journal, Saturday, July 21, 1849
  2. 1861 Census
  3. The Farmer's Magazine, 1861
  4. The Engineer of 21st July 1876 p40
  5. The Engineer 1877/07/13
  6. 1881 Census
  7. The Engineer of 27th April 1888 p338
  8. The Engineer of 22nd June 1900 p650
  9. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  10. The Times, Wednesday, Jan 23, 1901
  11. The Engineer of 8th December 1911 p593
  12. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  13. The Engineer of 23rd April 1920 p422 + Supplement
  14. The Engineer of 25th June 1920 p650
  15. The Times, Apr 28, 1921
  16. The Engineer 1921/04/01
  17. The Times, Feb 19, 1930
  • Steam Engine Builders of Lincolnshire by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1955 by Goose and Son
  • Traction Engine Album by Malcolm Ranieri. Pub 2005
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816