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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


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