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Armitage and Ruston

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of Honeysome Road, Chatteris, Cambridge.


c1870 The company was established by Samuel Charlton Armitage and traded as Armitage and Co

Soon after the formation Charles Richardson Ruston was taken into partnership

1875 Steam engine at Burrowmoor.[1]

By 1876 they were manufacturing and repairs agricultural machinery and introduced a single cylinder portable engine

1876 Details of their 8-hp portable engine. Armitage and Ruston. [2]

1876 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Samuel Charlton Armitage and Charles Richardson Ruston, at Chatteris, in the Isle of Ely, in the county of Cambridge, as Engineers, Ironfounders, and General Commission Agents, under the style or firm of Armitage and Ruston, was, on the 25th day of January, 1876, dissolved by mutual consent. All debts owing from or due to the late firm will be discharged or received by the said Samuel Charlton Armitage, who for the future will carry on the business on his own account...'[3]

1882 Company liquidated. '...Liquidation by Arrangement or Composition with Creditors, instituted by Samuel Charlton Armitage and Francis Sowerby Ruston, both of Chatteris, in the Isle of Ely, in the county of Cambridge, Agricultural Engineers and Commission Agents, trading under the style or firm of Armitage and Ruston....'[4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. * Fenland Pumping Engines by K. S. G. Hinde, Landmark Publishing Co., 2006 ISBN 1 84306 188 0
  2. The Engineer 1876/09/22 p203
  3. [1] Gazette Issue 24290 published on the 4 February 1876. Page 14 of 42
  4. [2] Gazette Issue 25065 published on the 27 January 1882. Page 38 of 52
  • Steam Engine Builders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1950 by The Augustine Steward Press