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Crosskill and Co

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of Beverley

1825 Established by William Crosskill, a whitesmith, who made articles in cast iron, such as railings and lamp standards for the Beverley gas undertaking.

1844 Crosskill provided lamp standards for the street lighting system installed in Hamburg

1849 A branch in Liverpool sold kits of emigrants' tools. He had expanded into the manufacture of agricultural machinery in the 1830s, and increasingly concentrated on it. His catalogue shows a wide range of machines, the best known being the clod-crusher, of which he had sold 2,478 by 1850, but he also produced ploughs, harrows, and threshing machines.

1847, the year of the collapse of the railway boom, Crosskill's was in difficulty and was mortgaged to the East Riding Bank.

During the Crimean War the firm produced over 3,000 army carts and wagons and some ordnance: yet in 1855, when trade in Hull was depressed as a result of the war, the bank foreclosed.

1864 The firm was sold to a company led by Sir Henry Edwards, the Conservative M.P. for the town.

After 1864 the firm was continued under the name of the Beverley Iron and Wagon Co


1851 Award at the 1851 Great Exhibition. See details at 1851 Great Exhibition: Reports of the Juries: Class V. and at 1851 Great Exhibition: Reports of the Juries: Class IX.. Listed as W. Crosskill

1876 Exhibitor at the Smithfield Club Show with wagons and carts [1]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 15th December 1876 p411