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Bridgwater Engineering Co

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of Bridgwater

1873 Hennet and Co of Bridgwater Foundry (or Bridgwater Iron Works) became Bridgwater Engineering Co

1874 Walter Raleigh Browne became managing Director of the Bridgwater Engineering Company.

Construction of railway-wagons

1876 10-ton railway goods wagon [1]

c.1878 Due to depression in trade the Bridgwater works closed.

1879 Advert: 'BRIDGWATER. IRONFOUNDBRS, ENGINEERS, WAGON BUILDERS, AND OTHERS.
MESSRS. FULLER, HORSEY, SONS, and CO. are instructed to SELL by AUCTION, on the premises, the BRIDGWATER ENGINEERING WORKS, ....
The LOOSE TOOLS, STOCK, STORES, and a portion the MACHINERY. 6 1/2in. centre screw cutting lathe, double stud lathe by Berry, a 16in. centre (packed to 22in.) break lathe by Whitworth, with 24ft. bed; drlling machine, 3 self-acting planing machines .... Ryder's patent forging machine, Collier's patent nut making machine, .... double shearing machine, 2 powerful eccentric punching and shearing machines, plate planing machine, a nearly new Galloway's patent double flue boiler, 7ft diameter 28ft. long; a l2 horse horizontal engine, donkey pump, hydraulic proving press, rail bending press, 4 portable cranes, 20 tons new Bessemer steel rails, 9 new 3 yard end-tip earth wagons, 4 tons new wagon work, 4 tons track springs, about 3 tons wheels and tyres, 3 tons signal work, 11 tons bolts, nuts, rivets and washers, 24 cwt. nails, 16 cwt. rail plates, 85 dozen files, 8 cwt. India rubber washers, 30 cwt. chain, 4 cwt. copper, 6 cwt brass castings, 10 cwt. scrap brass, about 50 cwt paints, oils, &c.; 5 tons useful wrought iron, 3 tons castings, 44 cwt. new steel, 10 cwt. new zinc plates, 74 cwt. anvils, 2 tons steel tools, 6 tons smiths’ tools, 20 cwt. steam hammer tools, about 3 tons bending blocks, stocks, dies, blocks, falls, traversing jacks, about 70 loads oak, ash, elm, and fir timber, a 6-wheel traverser, 3 railway trollies, tip cart, foundry tools and ladles, large collection of patterns, carpenters' benches, trestles, 2 Milner’s safes, office furnitures and numerous other effects. May be viewed ....
Note — There is a siding from the Great Western Railway communicating with the works, which greatly facilitates the loading of goods into trucks.' [2]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 8th September 1876 p164 & p166
  2. Bristol Mercury - Saturday 30 August 1879