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Bells, Lightfoot and Co

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1876 Pumping engine for Hull Waterworks

of Walker Engineering Works, Newcastle-on-Tyne - See Walker Ironworks

1875 Successors to Bells, Goodman and Co. Thomas Bell Lightfoot was managing partner.

Large beam pumping engine at Springhead Pumping Station, Hull. 90 inch bore cylinder. Riveted box section wrought iron beam. Built 1876. Preserved, but not open to the public. [1]. See illustration (from The Engineer, 25th Feb 1876)

1883 Partnership 'carried on between the undersigned Thomas Bell, formerly of Newcastle-upon- Tyne, but now of Bilbao, in the Kingdom of Spain, Ironmaster; HENRY BELL, of Tynemouth, in the County of Northumberland, Merchant; and THOMAS BELL, the younger, formerly of Saltburn-by-the-Sea, in the County of York, but now of 41, Great Portland-street, in the County of Middlesex, Agent, at Walker, in the County of Northumberland, in the trade or business of Iron or Brass founders and Manufacturing Engineers, under the style or firm of "Bells, Lightfoot, and Company," was DISSOLVED by mutual consent on the twenty-eighth day of August, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three. All debts due to and owing by the late partnership will be received and paid by William Barclay Peat, of the Royal Exchange, Middlesbrough, in the County of York. Chartered Accountant. As witness …….'[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Photograph of the engine
  2. Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, 15 December 1883
  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10