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1897. Letterhead and correspondence.
1897. Letterhead and correspondence.
1910. Pumping engines for Nottingham Water Supply.
1910. Pumping engines for Nottingham Water Supply.
Triple Expansion Engine at Elkesley 1911, for Lincoln Waterworks
1911 Barring engine, ex-Elkesley, at Wortley Top Forge
1911 Barring engine, ex-Elkesley, at Wortley Top Forge

of Bank Top Foundry, Blackburn

See George Molyneux Park

Mill engine installations included Messrs Codling and Hodgkinson's Mill Hill Mill in Blackburn (1898), Daisyfield Flour Mill, Blackburn, and Allanby Mill, Westhoughton; two triple expansion vertical pumping engines at Elkesley Pumping Station, Lincoln (1911). [1]

1879 'New Engine for Britannia Mill, Nova Scotia [Blackburn]. Messrs. Ashton, Frost, and Co., Limited, of Bank Top Foundry, have just completed a new engine for this mill, the fitting up of which necessitated a stoppage of only twelve days, and the event was celebrated on Saturday last by a supper, given by Messrs. John Oddie and Son, the proprietors, at the Harrison’s Arms Inn. Mr. Oddie, junior, was in the chair, and Mr. Ashton, the .managing director of the engineering firm, in the vice-chair. The engine, at starting, was named "Emily," and after, supper success was drunk to it, and great satisfaction expressed at the excellence of the workmanship and the expedition with which it had been erected. Toasts were also drunk to the "Success of Britannia, Mill," and "Bank Top Foundry," and a very pleasant evening was spent.'[2]

1888 'Starting New Engines. — On Saturday afternoon the engines in connection with the new weaving shed recently erected by the Cotton Hall Spinning and Manufacturing Company, Darwen, were started. The engines, which are on the compound principle, are of horizontal type, and are made by Messrs. Ashton, Frost and Co., engineers, Bank Top Foundry, Blackburn. The engines are fitted with all the latest improvements ; the cylinders are 16 and 30 inches diameter, 4-feet -stroke, constructed to run 60 revolutions per minute, and are capable of giving out 300 indicated horse-power. The high pressure cylinder is fitted with valves of the Corliss principle, actuated by an automatic trip motion under control of a powerful governor. The low pressure cylinder is fitted with slide valves. The power is transmitted by 11 ropes (1½ dia.) from a fly pulley, 18 feet dia. The engines, which are to work at 100 lbs. pressure, were started by Miss Green, assisted by her father, the chairman of the company. Miss Green, after getting the engines on full speed, gave the name of Faith to the the high pressure and Hope to the low pressure. After a satisfactory run for an hour the party adjourned to Gregg's Smalley's Hotel, where dinner was provided at 6 p.m., after which an enjoyable evening was spent.'[3]

1889 'Re-starting Waterloo Mill.— This mill is being filled with looms, and is expected to be re-started about Whitsuntide. It will be run by Messrs. Duckworth & Eddleston, of Blackburn, to whom it has been let by Mr. Rider, the new owner. A new engine is being erected by Messrs. Ashton, Frost, & Co., Limited, Blackburn, and a new boiler is also being put in....'[4]

1892 Tandem compound engine for Derby Street Mill, Colne. 15" HP and 28" LP cylnder, 42" stroke. Flywheel 14 ft diameter, 80 rpm, 250 IHP[5]

1907 Two engines for Nottingham Waterworks (Boughton Station)

1907 horizontal engine for Emerson Road Mill, Preston. Scrapped 1965 [6]

1911 Catalogue on pumping engines, steam engines and mill gearing

1911 Horizontal tandem compound engine for Eastwood's Scotland Bank Mill, Blackburn [7]

1914 Pumping engine for Mill Meece Pumping Station, which has been preserved and can be seen running on steam.

1928 Sale Notice

EDWARD RUSHTON, SON and KENYON are in receipt of instructions from Thomas A. Aspden, Esq. (Receiver for the Debenture Holders), to Sell by Auction, PIECEMEAL, on the Premises as above, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY and FRIDAY, APRIL 25th, 26th and 27th, 1928, the
Treble-geared fly-wheel turning gear for wheels 22ft. to 35ft. diameter, treble-geared face plate lathe for work to 12ft. 2in. diameter, treble-geared boring and lacing lathe 30in. centres, treble-geared- turning and centre boring lathe 45in centres, 4 sliding and surfacing shafting lathes with all geared Stirk head stocks each with 9 h.p. electric motor, 8 screw cutting lathes, horizontal boring mill to bore 1ft. 5½in. to 6ft. rise, steel boring bars and stays, 6ft. radial arm drilling machine, 2 portable electric drilling machines, 30in. self-acting slotting machine, cutting-off or end milling machine, rapid jig saw, 5 grinding machines, 3 grindstones, electric welding plant and anodes, annealing furnaces and pressure blower, 2 electric blowers, 2 cupolas, 1-7 ton and 1-2½ ton steel metal ladles, steel wagons and foundry plant, 5 smiths' hearths, 1-5 cwt. steam hammer, smiths' tools, hydraulic and screw lifting jacks, tool holders, screwing tackle, reamers, spanners, 300 high speed twist drills, 20,000 lbs. high speed turning tools, steel milling cutters, 25 tons new bolts and nuts, steel keys, washers, brass and iron valves and general engineering stores, 25 ton wagon weighing machine, platform and counter weighing machines, cage hoist, main switch board, electric cables, contents of drawing and general offices, micrometer gauges and testing instruments. 6-3 motor overhead travelling cranes by Royce, Limited, viz.:-2 each 25 tons. 50ft. and 41ft. span; 3 each 10 tons. 40ft. and 42ft. span; and 1-6 ton, 42ft. span; 1-30 cwt. single motor ditto, 29ft. 6in. span; 1-3 ton hand crane, 14 swing jib cranes, lifting blocks, chains and ropes. 9 hoisting crabs, Lancashire boiler, 28ft. x 7ft. 6in.; superheater, steam, piping and other effects.
Also will be offered for Sale the GOODWILL, PATTERNS, DRAWINGS, etc., in connection with the business….' [8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Stationary Steam Engine Makers Volume 1' Compiled by George Watkins, Catalogued by A P Woolrich, Landmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84306-200-3
  2. Blackburn Standard - Saturday 18 January 1879
  3. Blackburn Standard, Saturday 17 November 1888
  4. Burnley Express, 25 May 1889
  5. ’The Textile Mills of Pendle and their Steam Engines’ by Geoff Shackleton, Landmark Publishing Ltd, 2006
  6. [1]Photo of engine in Preston Digital Archive - "A Lancashire Cotton Scrapbook"
  7. ‘Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 3.1: Lancashire’ by George Watkins: Landmark Publishing Ltd.
  8. The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 14th April 1928
  • The Engineer of 24th November 1911 p550
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978. ISBN 0-903485-65-6