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Bramah and Sons

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1784 Joseph Bramah set up his business - Bramah's - at Denmark Street, St Giles, London, soon afterwards moved to 124 Piccadilly.

1808 J. Braham and Son, of West End, Piccadilly and Pimlico, patent engine, lock, etc manufacturers[1]

1813 Eldest son Timothy Bramah joined the business; name changed to J. Bramah and Son.

1814 Joseph Bramah died on 9 December at his house in Pimlico[2].

1818-20 Name changed to J. Bramah and Sons; addresses: 14 Piccadilly and of Pimlico were given on accounts that the company submitted[3].

Joseph's sons Francis Bramah and Edward Bramah joined the business.

1825 Receipted bill from J. Bramah and Sons, Piccadilly to Mr Martin (for Lord Willoughby de Broke) for new and replacement locks for furniture, doors and windows[4].

1824-27 Letters from Joseph Bramah and Sons of London, concerning the treadmill, well and pumping engine for Norfolk County Gaol[5].

1826 Timothy Braham wrote to the Times on behalf of J. Bramah and Sons and Self, Pimlico, challenging a report that a Braham lock had been picked[6].

1828 A letter to the Times referred to the large amount of cast iron Bramah and Co had manufactured for the roof of London University[7]. As this letter was from a third party, it does not necessarily indicate the legal name of the company, rather the familiar name of the business.

1830 Dissolution of the Partnership carried on under the firm of Joseph Bramah and Sons, at Pimlico and Piccadilly, in so far as regards Timothy Bramah; the business would be conducted in future under the same firm by Francis, Edward, and John Joseph Bramah[8]

1832 John Joseph Bramah left the partnership with Francis Bramah and Edward Bramah of Pimlico, London, engineers, millwrights, iron-founders, smiths, and plumbers[9]. He transferred his railway equipment work from Pimlico to Smethwick where it was known as the London Works[10].

1835 Advertisement for Vaucher's Swiss Portable Fire Engine, manufactured by Joseph Bramah and Sons, Pimlico [11].

1836 Around this time there seems to have been a separation of the business into various separate enterprises including the beginning of Bramah and Prestage.

1837 Account by Bramah and Robinson (late J. Bramah and Sons), Pimlico, sent to Pearce and Thynne for repairing the Water Wheel Engine at Malpas Waterworks[12].

See Also


Sources of Information

  • A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) by Samuel Lewis
  • A Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers by Jim Evans
  1. Post Office Annual Directory, 1808
  2. The Morning Post 12 December 1814
  3. National Archives
  4. National Archives
  5. National Archives
  6. The Times 21 November 1826
  7. The Times 3 March 1828
  8. London Gazette 9 April 1830
  9. Birmingham Gazette 15 October 1832
  10. Glasgow Herald 25 October 1862
  11. National Archives
  12. National Archives