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A. E. and H. Robinson

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1892. Robinson's Gas engine.
Dec 1921.
1900-1910. Type X-P. No:2676.
1900-1910. Type X-P. No:2676.
Robinson gas engine at Anson Engine Museum.
1909 Robinson gas engine driving potato chipping machine in 'Davy’s Fish & Chip Shop' at Beamish Museum

A E & H Robinson of 78 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester; of Church Street, Beswick, Manchester.

Proprietors Arnold Edmund Robinson and Horace Robinson

1881 Producing hot air engines

1891, On 21 November, the Illustrated Magazine of Practice and Theory described a patent hot air engine designed by A. E. and H. Robinson as a "useful and thoroughly good motor for driving small machinery"[1]. The engine weighed 12 cwt and had a bore and stroke both of 10 inches and developed 5/8 hp when running at 170rpm. Heat was generated by burning coke in a fire box at the rate of 7 1/2 lb/hr which meant a thermal efficiency of between seven and ten percent. A pre-1900 example recovered recently from a farm in Horsham, Sussex had pumped water until damaged by frost in the severe winter of 1958. Gardners arranged to manufacture the Robinson type of engine.

1893 Example of Hot-air engine to Robinson's Patent. Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry.

1900 Low-power hot air engine. (Exhibit at Birmingham Thinktank museum). Listed as A. E. Robinson and Co

1907 Gas Engine. (Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry)


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. The early history of L. Gardner and Sons [1]
  • A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1996. ISBN 1 873098 37 5