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Kirkstall Forge Co

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1867. 1250 ton Haswell Forging Press for the Cyclops Works, Sheffield.
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1868. 40 ton steam forge.
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1873. 1000-ton hydraulic press made under Haswell’s patent, for Cammell of Sheffield
1873. Three-hundred weight at the 1873 Vienna Universal Exhibition.
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February 1888.
June 1888. Shafting.
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November 1926. Axles.
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November 1947.
1948. Intro to catalogue (1).
1948. Intro to catalogue (2).
1948. Intro to catalogue (3).
June 1948.

Kirkstall Forge Co of Leeds

Original forge established by the monks of Kirstall Abbey in about the year 1200.

1779 The Butler and Beecroft families went into business together at the Kirkstall Forge.

1858 The name Beecroft, Butler and Co, was altered to the Kirkstall Forge Co

1862 Exhibitor at 1862 Exhibition[1] [2]

1863 Press 1,250 tons - the largest ever made at the time as detailed in the London Science Museum

1874 Joseph Pickles is foreman.[3]

1891 Advert for shafting. [4]

1895 Advert. [5]

1905 Advert for compressed shafting. Lists awards back to 1851. [6]

1914 Directory: Steel Manufacturers. [7]

1919 Private company Kirkstall Forge Co Ltd founded to acquire the business carried on by Kirkstall Forge[8].

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

1930s Most of the buildings were rebuilt and machine shops refitted, much of the machinery being specially designed for the company's purposes[9].

1937 Steel bars and drop forgings. "Kirkstall" Steel Bars and Drop Forgings. [10]

1949 Kirkstall Forge Engineering made public. Rodney Fawcett Butler is Chairman and MD. [11]. Directors intended to transfer the steel bar department to a separate subsidiary. About 1,800 employees.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1862 London Exhibition: Catalogue: Class I.: Kirkstall Forge Co
  2. 1862 London Exhibition: Catalogue: Class 7.: Kirkstall Forge Co
  3. The Engineer 1874/05/22
  4. 1891 Post Office London Trades Directory
  5. Post Office London Directory, 1895
  6. 1905 Mechanical World Year Book. Advert p38
  7. 1914 Kelly's Directory of Durham p798
  8. The Times, 7 June 1949
  9. The Times, 7 June 1949
  10. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  11. The Times, 7 June 1949