Richard Hornsby and Sons
of Spittlegate Ironworks, Grantham, iron and brass founder.
1815 Richard Hornsby was an iron and brass founder working from Spittlegate Ironworks at Grantham.
1828 The firm made ploughs and seed drills.
1840 The company made steam engines, which were used for traction engines in the 1850s. These were used for harvesting crops.
1849 Produced their first portable engine.
1850 Described as 'agricultural implement makers, iron and brass founder and paper maker'.
1851 Award at the 1851 Great Exhibition. See details at 1851 Great Exhibition: Reports of the Juries: Class IX.
1861 378 men employed 
1863 The first traction engine built under the Bonnall and Astbury patents.
1864 Richard, the founder, died.
1873 Gold Medal at the Moscow Exhibition 
1876 Exhibitor at the Royal Agricultural Show at Birmingham. 
1879 Incorporated as a limited company. The company was registered on 20 November, to take over the business of the firm of the same name, as engineers and machine manufacturers. 
1880 The firm gained limited liability status.
1880 The firm offered 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12 nhp engines.
1889 Portable Winding and Pumping Engine. 
1889 Showed engines at the RASE at Windsor. 
1891 Started production of an i/c engine following an agreement with Herbert Akroyd Stuart and this Hornsby-Ackroyd engine became an immediate success
1892 May. The first three Hornsby-Ackroyd engines were installed at the Great Brickhill Waterworks
1894 June. Took part in the Royal Agricultural Society’s Competitive Trial of Oil Engines. 8.0 bhp fixed engine and a portable engine. Article in ‘The Engineer’. 
1894 Smithfield Club Show. Exhibited two oil engines. 
1899 Ordinary General Meeting. H. Simpson Gee presided and other directors present were James Hornsby (Chairman of the Board), J. W. Hornsby, William Hornsby, H. H. Johnston and Edward Wood. Among the shareholders was R. W. Hornsby. 
1900 Paris Exhibition. Description of three oil engine shown. 
1906 Absorbed J. E. H. Andrew and Co of Stockport
1906 The manufacture of steam engines was discontinued.
1911 Electrical Exhibition. Suction gas engines and others. 
1911 Smithfield Club Show. Exhibited stationary oil engines, a binder, a straw trusser, mowers, ploughs and a drill. 
1912 L type engine introduced
1914 Listed as engineers. Specialities: oil, petrol and gas engines, suction gas plants, general agricultural implements. Employees 3,500. 
Hornsby built 106 traction engines with 7 known to survive
Sources of Information
- ↑ 1861 Census
- ↑ The Times, Wednesday, Jan 08, 1873
- ↑ The Engineer of 21st July 1876 p40
- ↑ The Engineer 1877/07/13
- ↑ The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
- ↑ The Engineer of 1st March 1889 p189
- ↑ The Engineer of 28th June 1889 p546
- ↑ The Engineer of 22nd June 1894 p540
- ↑ The Engineer of 6th July 1894 p9
- ↑ The Times, Tuesday, Dec 07, 1897
- ↑ The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent), Tuesday, December 05, 1899
- ↑ The Engineer of 16th November 1900 p487
- ↑ The Engineer of 13th October 1911 p390
- ↑ The Engineer of 8th December 1911 p594
- ↑ 1914 Whitakers Red Book
- ↑ The Times, Tuesday, Oct 14, 1919