Whessoe Foundry Company Ltd at Foundry Street, Hopetown, Darlington
c.1790 Foundry established at Darlington.
A large part of the work of the firm in the early days was the manufacture of locomotives; the Works was responsible for many of the earliest locomotive including Derwent No.25 which was later placed on a pedestal at Darlington station, and then in Darlington Rail Museum. Derwent 25 was built by A. Kitching, founder of Whessoe Foundry (see photo of plaque).
1860 General engineering work transferred from W. and A. Kitching.
1881 Took limited liability company status.
1881 A railway engine built was built for William Boby and Son
1914 Directory: Listed as Mechanical Engineers
General turnover mainly gas plant, including gas holders, tanks, chemical plant, mining machinery, turntables and weighing machines. Bulk oil storage built for H. M. Admiralty, Shell Marketing Co, and many other companies. Cast iron linings for Bakerloo, Central and other tube lines and the Post Office railway.