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Browett, Lindley and Co

From Graces Guide
1885.The Inventions Exhibition Combined Engine and Dynamo.
March 1888.
June 1888. Acme Governor.
May 1888.


December 1889.
1900. High-speed inverted vertical compound engine byBrowett, Lindley and Co and coupled to a 110v dynamo by J. H. Holmes and Co. Exhibit at Bolton Steam Museum.
February 1901. Three-Crank Triple Tandem Engine.
January 1902.
Sandon Engine Works photographed from Clifford Street in 2007. The building was still standing in 2010, but was empty and rapidly deteriorating
Plan of the works
February 1901.
1901. View of the erecting shop. The far wall is that seen nearest the camera in the 2007 photograph. The conical casting on the left is probably a transition piece between cylinder and crankcase for the type of engine seen in the 1902 photograph below.
1902 Browett, Lindley steam engine with 775 KW dynamo by Mather and Platt, for Salford Corporation. From The Engineer 19th December 1902.
1902. Combined engine and dynamo for Salford Corporation.
1500 HP engine for Bahia Blanca
Auckland City Council's first generating station, with Browett, Lindley engine on left. Photo displayed in Victoria Park Market
The Auckland generating station survives as the Victoria Park Market, unfortunately without its engines.
Browett 03.jpg
100 HP Browett, Lindley engine, ex-Summit Timbers, Kuratau, NZ, at Tokomaru Steam Museum
180 HP Browett, Lindley engine at Tokomaru Steam Museum
1915 120 HP engine and Laurence, Scott and Co generator at Wortley Top Forge
1915 engine at Wortley Top Forge
1928. 200 hp airless injection oil engine.
February 1937. Air Compressor.
1959. Model B23B.
Model 23.

Browett, Lindley and Co initially of Sandon Works, Salford, and then Sandon Works, Clifford Street, Patricroft, Manchester.

1880 Herbert Lindley and Thomas Browett were continuing the business established by Deakin, Parker and Co at Sandon Works

1884 Name changed to Browett, Lindley and Co

1887 Exhibited 'Sandon' gas engine at Manchester Exhibition[1]

1888 Patent sealed: Herbert Lindley and Thomas Browett: gas motor engines: August 19th[2]

1888 Produced vertical electric light engine. [3]

1888 Advertising the 'Acme' governor

1890 The Sandon Works in Patricroft was started in 1890, and enlarged in 1900/1901 by the addition of the erecting shop (see illustrations) and a new engine and boiler house. The erecting shop was served by two overhead electric cranes made by Royce Ltd. New equipment included a large planing machine by Sellers (USA), powered by a Lundell 30 HP motor, and a smaller planer by the Butler Machine Tool Co of Halifax, driven by a Hodgson-Wright 15 HP motor. [4]

1892 Crystal Palace Electrical Exhibition. High-speed steam engines for dynamo driving. Acme Govenors.[5]

1899 The company was registered on 28 July, to take over the business of engineers of a private company of practically the same name. [6]

1900 Herbert Lindley left the partnership

1901 Details of factory extension [7]

1902 Large triple expansion engines for Salford Corporation (see photo)

c.1904 The Siamese Tramway Company Ltd had two 200 kW Dick, Kerr generators powered by Browett, Lindley engines. The Siam Electricity Company Ltd had one 200 kW unit [8]

c.1905 Supplied three 360 hp steam engines for the North Melbourne Electric Tramway & Lighting Company [9]

1907 Three engines driving 225 kW generators at Auckland (NZ) City Council’s refuse destructor station. The station burnt the city’s refuse and used the heat to produce steam for Auckland’s first public electricity supply [10] (see photos)

1907 November. Supplied to the Walkden Spinning Co an inverted triple Corliss engine of 1,600 hp at 75 rpm. 22 ft dia flywheel for 45 ropes also drove a 250kw generator

Several Browett, Lindley engines were installed at Mercer Street Power Station, Wellington, New Zealand[11]

1910 Produced three 1500 HP vertical triple expansion engines for the Buenos Aires & Pacific Railway Co's generating station at Bahia Blanca[12] (See photo)

Browett, Lindley were predominantly makers of high speed engines, but they did make three large cotton mill engines, including a vertical triple expansion 1800 HP engine for Alder Mill, Leigh[13]. Another was a 1600 HP vertical triple expansion engine at Fernhurst Mill, Chadderton.[14]

1,000hp Browett, Lindley compound 3-cylinder reciprocating engines running at 300rpm, for Cameroon Sugar Company.

1924 Mr M. M. Gillespie of Gillespie and Beales who has for many years represented the interests of the company, was appointed director.[15]

1929 Receivers appointed; as a result it was found that the Company Secretary had been taking money from the company for 20 years[16]

1931 Advert for sale of works palnt and equipment. Included two Craven Bros Horizontal Boring, Facing, and Milling Machines, 6ft. x 6ft. and 3ft. x 4ft.; Two Muir Double Head Horizontal Boring and Facing Machines to 12in. dia.; Alexander 4-spindle Horizontal Cylinder Boring Machine; Deutsche Niles 6ft. 6in. Vertical Boring Mill; Smith and Coventry 60in. Vertical Boring Mill; two Bullard ditto, 50in. and 42in.; two Bickford Radial Drills, 6ft. and 4ft.; Davis and Egan 5ft. Radial Drill; three Asquith 3ft. 9in. ditto: Sellars Independent Motor Driven Drill; Nine various Drilling Machines; Sellars Planer 23ft. 6in. x 11ft. Oin. x 10ft. 6in.; Redman Planer 12ft. Oin. x 4ft. 6in. x 3ft. 6in.: Butler Planer 9ft. 6in. x 3ft. 6in. x 31t. 3in., with Lancashire drive; Redman Planer, 6ft. Oin. x 4ft. 6in. x 3ft. Oin.; two 24in. Ludwig Loewe Shapers; Four Slotting Machines, from 24in. to 8in. stroke; nine Herbert Combination Turret Lathes, viz.—4 No. 9. 3 No. 16. and 2 No. 3; Herbert No 1 Hex. Bar Lathe; two Gisholt Turret Lathes: three Hartness Flat Turret lathes; two Wards Turret lathes; thirty various Surfacing, Boring, and Turning Tallies bv Langs, Hendey, Dickinson, and others, two Ludwig Loewe Horizontal Universal Millers: two Herbert No. 5 Horizontal Millers; two No. 5 ditto: one No. O 1/2 Le Blond ditto; five Herbert Vertical Millers, viz.-One No. 8, two No. 4 - N°- 3, and one No. 1; Grinding Machines, comprising Norton 10in. x 72in. plain grinder, Churchill 6in. x 34in. ditto; Brown and Sharpe No. 11 ditto; Brown and Sharpe No. 2 Universal Grinder; Herbert No. 4 Universal grinder; one No. 70 and two No. 60 Internal Grinders: Linotype Piston Ring Grinder with 36in. magnetic chuck; two Roberts Disc Grinders and No. 2 Oscillating Grinder; two Keyseaters. Fellow's 36in. Gear Shaper; 15 cwt. Steam Hammer, Screwing, and other machines.
NUMEROUS SMALL TOOLS, viz.—Drills, Milling Cutters, Reamers, Taps, Gauges, Micrometers, Verniers, Stocks and Dies, Shore Scleroecope, Marking-out Tables, etc.
WOODWORKING MACHINES, viz.-Planer, Saw Bench. Band-Saw, Lathe, Trimmers, etc.
LIFTING PLANT, comprising Two 20-ton Electric Overhead Travellers about 45ft. span; One 10-ton and One 3-ton ditto various other Cranes, Lifting Blocks
20-ton WEIGHBRIDGE, 18ft. platform, by W. Hodgson and Sons Ltd., 40-ton Denison Crane Weigher and Platform Weighers.
Large variety of Engineers' New Stores, Shafting, Pulleys, Belting, Piping, Electric Cable; 200-tons iron and Steel Scrap; 10-tons Gunmetal. Brass and Cooper Scrap; Office Furniture. Safes, etc.
ELECTRIC MOTORS from 30 to 3 h.p., 110 volts,
Two Stirling Water-tube Boilers, 12,500lb. and 10,000lb. evaporation, 250lb. pressure; 225 K.W. Steam Generating Set, Browett, Lindley and Lane Dynamo, new 1918: 170 K.W. Steam Generating Set; 130 K.W. and 100 K.W Generators; Crude Oil Generating Set; Two 150 h.p. Producer Gas Plants; Two Weir Boiler Pumps; 20 h.p. Motor-driver Air Compressor; 40in. Heenan Froude Dynamometer....'[17]

1931 Company bought by George Cohen, Sons and Co - see Browett Lindley

1938 Death of Thomas Browett[18]

Name Plate. Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Leeds Mercury, 20 May 1887
  2. Birmingham Daily Post, 5 October 1888
  3. The Engineer of 27th April 1888 p348
  4. 'The Engineer' 14th June 1901
  5. 1892 The Practical Engineer
  6. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  7. Fielden’s Magazine Vol 4
  8. [1]Website: BANGKOK TRAMWAYS (1894-1968)
  9. [2] Friends of Hawthorn Tram Depot website
  10. [3]Progress, Volume IV, Issue 8, 1 June 1909, Page 271
  11. [4]Evening Post (Wellington), Volume LXXX, Issue 3, 4 July 1910
  12. 'Engineering' 25th March 1910
  13. ‘The Textile Mill Engine’ by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing Ltd, 1999
  14. ‘Steam Engine Research Resources’ written and published by Stanley Challenger Graham on, 2009: ISBN 978-1-4092-9009-4
  15. The Engineer 1924/10/31
  16. The Times, Jul 31, 1929
  17. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 31 October 1931
  18. The Times, Mar 12, 1938