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Adams and Co

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of 76 Worship Street, London, EC2

c.1826 William Bridges Adams returned to London. He went to work with his uncle (Samuel Adams) at a carriage-works in Drury Lane, London

1842 William Bridges Adams moved his factory from small premises to three acres of land adjoining the Eastern Counties Railway at Fair Field, Bow. The company then traded as Adams and Co.

1843 Adams founded the Fairfield Works, Bow where he specialized in light engines, steam railcars (or railmotors) and inspection trolleys. These were sold in small numbers to railways all over Britain and Ireland, including the Fairfield steam carriage for the broad gauge Bristol and Exeter Railway and the Enfield for his most important customer, the Eastern Counties Railway, with its headquarters at nearby Stratford.

1840s Involved in early experiments on Henson's flying machines

Adams and Co of Fairfield Works, Bow were builders of horse-drawn buses around 1850.

1850 ... Petition for adjudication of Bankruptcy was filed against Samuel Adams, William Bridges Adams, and Gerard Ralston, now or lately carrying on business in partnership as Engineers and Railway Carriage Builders, at Fair Field Works, Bow... [1]

1891 Adams and Co, of 35 Queen Victoria St, London, had developed a stamped-steel axle box for railway wagons which were more durable than the conventional cast iron axle boxes. Manufactured by the Stamped Steel Axlebox Co, at the Orchard Place works, Blackwall[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 1 July 1851
  2. The Engineer 1891/02/27