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Batho and Bauer

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of Factory Lane, Salford

William Fothergill Batho and Eugene Moritz Bauer


1857 Patent sealed: William Fothergill Batho and Eugene Moritz Bauer of Salford, engineers and toolmakers, for improvements in machinery or apparatus for drilling or boring metals and also for cutting keyways and cotter holes; dated November 4th, 1857 [1]

1858 Address: Factory Lane, Salford [2]

1858 Tenth Exhibition of Inventions: Exhibited an 18-inch planing machine with quick-return motion, and a patent reciprocating drilling machine (milling machine) [3]

1859 'Offence against the Chimney Sweepers' Act.— At the Salford Town Hall, on Saturday, Charles Calow, foreman to Messrs. Batho and Bauer, engineers, Factory-lane, Salford, was summoned by Mr. Wood, of Bowdon, for sending two boys, named Foley and Holt, up a flue for the purpose of cleaning it. It appeared that Wm. Bow, chimney sweeper, was at the factory of Messrs. Batho and Bauer, on the 13th of June, and seeing the two boys go into the flue gave information to Police Constable Bevan. Bevan stated that he went to the factory and found the boy Holt in the flue, and Calow giving orders. The defence was that the boys were sent up the flue, not to clean it, but to remove some bars, &c, to facilitate the sweeping by a man.— The magistrates fined the defendant £5 and costs.'[4]

1860 Partnership dissolved between W F Batho and E M Bauer [5]

1859 Sale of Plant and Patent

Highly-Important to Railway Companies, Contractors, Millwrights, Engineers, Tool and Machine Makers, Brokers, and others.
MR. HOLMES (Engineer) has been favoured with instructions to SELL BY AUCTION, on Thursday and Friday, the 1st and 2nd days of December, 1859, at 10.30 a.m. prompt, the Valuable TOOLS, MACHINERY, and STOCK IN TRADE, belonging the estate of the late firm of Messrs. Batho and Bauer, on the premises, situate in Factory Lane, George-street, Salford, comprising one horizontal steam engine, 8 inches cylinder, 16 inches stroke, fly-wheel, governor, and force pump; one four-horse vertical steam engine, cylinder 6½ inches diameter, stroke 13 inches, governor, and fly-wheel; boiler, 8 feet 6 inches long by 4 feet 3 inches diameter, and 24 inches flue through; 23 of England's traversing Jacks, new; Haley's screw jacks, new; one double reciprocating drilling machine, will cut slots 18 inches long 18 inches deep by any required width, and take large articles 5 feet 9 inches wide, Batho and Bauer's patent; one single ditto, will take in an article the same size as above; one double and one single ditto, in progress; planing machine, bed 20 feet long, will plane 14 feet by 4 feet by 4 feet, by Batho and Bauer; three ditto, 18 inches by 18 inches by 16 inches, with quick return motion, by Batho and Bauer; back-geared upright drilling machine, 14 inches jib, by Muir and Co.; two bench drilling machines, 11 inches jib; slotting machine, will take in two feet three inches diameter, and slot 6 inches deep, Sharp, Stewart, and Co.; slide and screw-cutting lathe, 10 inch back-geared headstocks, 12 feet bed; two ditto, 7 inch headstocks, 8 feet beds: two 9 inch back-geared hand lathes; one ditto, packed to 11½ inches; one 10 inch ditto, packed to 12 inches; one 10 inch single speed lathe, one 9 inch ditto, one 8 inch ditto, three 8 inch ditto, two 6 inch slide rests, two 10 inch compound ditto, one 9 inch ditto, one 9 inch ditto, packed to 11½ inches; two 7 inch ditto, five cast iron planed lathe beds, one 15 feet and four 12 feet long; two shaping machines, beds 2 feet 10 inches long, stroke 6 inches, by Batho and Bauer; one shaping machine vice, self-acting boring apparatus, nut-cutting apparatus, surface plates, straight edges, eight vices, vice and joiners' benches, cast iron grindstone troughs and grindstones, 10 cwt. platform weighing machine, boring bars, ratchet braces, stocks, taps, and dies; boring bits, drills, mandrels, planing machine and turning tools, quantity of bar iron and steel, strapping, wrought iron cistern, ten feet six inches long by six feet wide by 18 inches deep, and a variety of other tools and machinery. Smithy tools consist of top and bottom swagers, tongs, anvils, swage blocks, tue iron and troughs, long-nosed bellows, hammers, &c.; patterns for reciprocating and other drills; planing, shaping, slotting, boring, and nut-cutting machines; slide and screw-cutting and hand lathes, and various other machines.—Office fixtures comprise desks, drawing table and boards, copying press and stand, wrought-iron safe, and other articles.—Catalogues are in course of preparation, and may be had from the Auctioneer, this day, at his office, Market-place, Exchange, Manchester.

'To Engineers and Toolmakers. MR. HOLMES (Engineer), will SELL BY AUCTION, on Friday. The 2d. of December, 1859, at two o'clock p.m. on the premises situated in Factory Lane, George-street, Salford, the very valuable PATENT obtained by Messrs. Batho and Bauer, November 4, 1857, for reciprocating drilling machine, for drilling slots in connecting rods, shafts, or any other articles either parallel or taper as required. This is valuable patent, and is admitted by leading engineers of the day to be a most talented invention, and is a favourable opportunity for toolmakers in trade purchasing a patent for a tool which is now considered no workshop should be without. A double and a single drill may be seen at work at the time of sale.—Further particulars may be had from the Auctioneer, at his offices, Market Place, (Exchange), Manchester.' [6]

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Sources of Information

  1. Burnley Advertiser, 24 July 1858
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 19 June 1858
  3. [1] Catalogue of the Tenth Exhibition of Inventions. Source: The Journal of the Society of Arts, Vol. 6, Catalogue of the Tenth Exhibition ofInventions (1858), pp. 1, 3-56
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 2 July 1859
  5. London Gazette, 32 January 1860
  6. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 26 November 1859