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Merryweather and Sons

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Exhibit at the China Clay Country Park in Cornwall. Portable model circa 1888.
Exhibit at the China Clay Country Park in Cornwall.
Exhibit at the China Clay Country Park in Cornwall.
Exhibit at the China Clay Country Park in Cornwall. No. 4322. Merryweather and Jakeman's patent.
Storrington. Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum.
1845. Ixworth Fire Brigade. Exhibit at Museum of East Anglian Life.
1845. Ixworth Fire Brigade (detail). Exhibit at Museum of East Anglian Life.
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1869. Admirality pattern.
1870. Light Steam Fire Engine.
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1886. Greenwich fixed fire engine.
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Merryweather fire engine at Lisbon Maritime Museum (Museu de Marinha)
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1892. Steam Fire Engine for South America.
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1893. Steam fire engine for Calcutta.
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1895. Exhibit at World of Country Life
1895. Exhibit at World of Country Life
c1896/8. Collection Johnny Nuttin, Belgium.
c1896/8. Collection Johnny Nuttin, Belgium.
c1896/8. Collection Johnny Nuttin, Belgium.
c1896/8. Collection Johnny Nuttin, Belgium.
c1896/8. Collection Johnny Nuttin, Belgium.
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1901. Steam Fire Pump. Exhibit at Long Shop Steam Museum.
1901. Steam Fire Pump. Exhibit at Long Shop Steam Museum.
1901. Exhibit at Glasgow Museum of Transport.
Exhibit at the National Railway Museum.
Valiant Steam Pump. Exhibit at the National Railway Museum.
April 1903.
1903. Self propelled steam fire engine.
1903. Two-Cylinder Chemical Fire Engine.
1904. Vacuum cesspool exhauster.
1904. Chemical fire engine for Birkinhead.
1904. Self propelling fire float.
1905. Steam fire engine for Devonport Dockyard.
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1906. Horse-Drawn Fire Engine .
1906. Horse-Drawn Fire Engine.
1906. Fire King.
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1914. Motor driven pump for St. Pauls Cathedral.
1914. Steam Cleansing Plant for Great Yarmouth Fish Market.
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1927.80H.P. Turbine Pump Motor Fire Engine.
November 1927.
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January 1928. Konus-Kemik.
April 1928.
1928. Albion Merryweather Fire Engine. Exhibit at Glasgow Museum of Transport.
1928. Fire float for Rangoon.
1928. Fire float for Rangoon.
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1931. Motor Fire Engine.
1933. Motor Fire Engine for Far East.
1935. Fire engine for Lancaster.
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July 1938. 65 hp engine.
1938. Turntable ladder pump. Reg No. JEV 802. Exhibit at British Commercial Vehicle Museum.
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1939. Exhibit at the Snibston Discovery Museum.
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of Greenwich, London, SE10

Merryweather and Sons of Tram Locomotive Works, Greenwich Works, London SE was a company producing steam fire and pump engines.

1690 The firm was established by Nathaniel Hadley in Cross Street.

The company moved to Bow Street, Longacre and was named Hadley and Simpkin.

1791 The name was changed to Hadley, Simpkin and Lott

1836 The company was taken over by Moses Merryweather

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

1851 Award at the 1851 Great Exhibition. See details at Class V.

1860s The company was known as Merryweather and Field with Field specialising in the boiler part of the business.

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

1862 The Lambeth branch was opened and closed in 1879.

Tramway Locomotives: An article in the 'Model Engineer' in 1956 [1] describes aspects of Merryweather’s tramway locomotives. Their first venture was proposed by John Grantham in 1870, and built in 1873 by Merryweather in conjunction with the Oldbury Carriage and Wagon Co. It first ran experimentally in West Brompton, and then on the horse tramway track on Vauxhall Bridge Road. The trials were not very satisfactory, and the locomotive was modified by Edward Woods, and used from c.1876 to 1881 on the Wantage Tramroad. From 1875, engines were supplied to Paris, Rouen, Holland, Spain (Barcelona and San Andres Tramway), Guernsey, Cassel, Adelaide, Rangoon, Wellington (NZ), Buenos Aires, and Brazil (Dom Pedro tramway). In the UK, locomomotives were supplied to the North Staffordshire Tramway (Stoke to Hanley), Alford & Sutton (Lincs),and London. Further detail on the tramway locomotives may be found in 'Tramways - Their Construction and Working' [2]

1875-77 They supplied 46 tram engines to Paris tramways. Construction of tram engines was carried on until 1892.

1876 The company moved to premises in Greenwich.

1885 Horse-drawn steam fire engine exhibit. [3]

1888 Issued catalogue of steam fire engines, manual fire engines, fire mains. Three catalogues bound in to one. [4]

c1891. A Merryweather steam fire engine was bought new by the Bassett family of Tehidy Park, Camborne to serve Tehidy House.

1892 The company was registered on 22 March, to acquire the business of engineers of the firm of the same name. [5]

1894 Article on the trials of their floating steam fire-engine. [6]

1900 Showed a steam fire engine at the Paris Exhibition. [7]

1900 Article and illustration of a Portable Salvage Plant for the Dover Harbour Board in 'the Engineer'. [8]

1911 Motor fire engine with centrifugal pump for Renfrewshire County Council. [9]

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Petrol Motors see the 1917 Red Book

Sea-salvage of HMS Eden.

1914 Fire and water engineers. Specialities: steam fire engines, fire boats, motor fire apparatus, water supply, fire escapes and everything connected with fire extinction. [10]

1920 April. Fire-Float and Salvage and Fire-Tug. Article and photos in The engineer. [11]

1937 Fire protection engineers. [12]

Note: In the National Museum of Australia there is a Merryweather horse-drawn manual pump unit fire cart (Object number 1986.0096.0004). 'Merryweather red horse drawn manual pump unit fire cart with four wooden spoked wheels and a metal sign 'Royal Patent. Merryweather Engineer. Long Acre London'. It has two red wooden handrails, metal levers to pump with two screws for attaching hoses to, a container for holding water and two retaining pins attached to a chain, painted red, used to hold the pump system in place.' Collection name; Geoff Gray collection. Restorer; Airport Fire Brigade 1973, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Date made 1824-1850. Date of restoration 1977-1979. Dimensions - Length: 3,245mm, Width: 1420mm and Height: 1240mm

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Sources of Information

  1. 'Unusual Locomotives' by E. F. Carter, Model Engineer 11 October 1956
  2. 'Tramways - Their Construction and Working' by. D Kinnear Clark, 1894 (Reprinted and published by Adam Gordon, 1992)
  3. Museum of Country Life at Exmouth
  4. The Engineer of 27th April 1888 p338
  5. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  6. The Engineer of 26th January 1894 p64 & p228
  7. The Engineer of 27th July 1900 p101
  8. The Engineer of 7th December 1900 p571
  9. The Engineer of 8th December 1911 p595
  10. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  11. The Engineer of 16th April 1920 p396 & p400
  12. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  • Traction Engine Album by Malcolm Ranieri. Pub 2005
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816