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Davey, Paxman and Co were an engine building company of Colchester.
Note: A comprehensive and highly reliable history of the company, from its origins to its current incarnation, is available online, in Richard Carr's Paxman History Pages 
1871 Employing 49 men and 21 boys 
1876 The business had grown so rapidly that it was found necessary to move to a more extensive site, also called the Standard Iron Works.
1876 Showed a portable engine at the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia. The only British exhibitor of these engines.
1876 Exhibitor at the Royal Agricultural Show at Birmingham with engines.
1879 Henry and Charles Davey withdrew from the partnership and retired. 
1880s Installed an engine at Park Gate Iron and Steel Co for the cogging mill.
1881 Employing 167 men and 26 boys 
1885 Provided the electric light at the Inventors Exhibition at South Kensington. Mentions the partners as James Paxman and Thomas J. Balls 
1886 Thomas Balls, now in poor health, leaves the partnership and retires. 
1887 Employing 300 persons. Referred to as J. N. Paxman at the Jubilee dinner. 
1889 Paris Exhibition. Supplied nine 100 hp steel boilers and four engines for the electric lighting. 
1894 William Paxman becomes a partner in the firm.
1898 The concern becomes a limited company. The company was registered on 26 April, to take over the business of engineers and boilermakers of the firm of the same name. The directors are James N. Paxman, William Paxman and Wilson Marriage  
1905 Installed an engine at the English Steel Corporation for the 48in plate mill.
1911 Smithfield Club Show. Exhibited a traction engine, a gas engine, a gas producer and a horizontal steam engine. 
1914 Specialities; Steam Engines and Boilers for electric light power and traction purposes and for driving the machinery of mills, factories etc. and a variety of general machinery. Employees 900. 
1920 Became part of Agricultural and General Engineers.
1920 Showed locomotive type and Essex type boiler, a steam wagon and an engine fitted with a high-pressure gear of the Paxman-Lentz type at the Darlington Agricultural Show. 
1924 Also see Davey, Paxman and Electric Construction Co
1932 Following the collapse of AGE, Davey, Paxman and Co Ltd was refinanced and reconstituted as Davey, Paxman and Company (Colchester) Limited, incorporated on 2nd August, with share capital of £50,000.
1940 Sir Bernard Greenwell died; his son, Sir Peter, disposed of his shares to Ruston and Hornsby of Lincoln. As a result Ruston and Hornsby gained a controlling interest in the company. The two companies formed an association, later known as the Ruston-Paxman Group, each being responsible for the development of complementary ranges of diesel engines and other products.
1941 (January) The name of the Company reverted to Davey, Paxman and Co Ltd.
1941 The Ministry of Supply leased the Britannia Works to provide Paxmans with space to build its TP diesel engines. The Company was appointed to manage it.
WWII Britannia Works was the main production facility and the control centre for all Davey Paxman TPM engines which powered virtually all British Tank Landing Craft.
1944 Producing diesel engines for marine use.
1947 Paxman-Ricardo engine (sectioned for demonstration). Exhibit at Anson Engine Museum.
1951-52 The Development Department was moved to Britannia Works to release more space for production at Standard Works on Hythe Hill.
1954 (January) The engine governor and control side of Paxman's business was separated into its own company, Ardleigh Engineering.
1960 Advert for filters for collieries. 'More than sixty collieries in GB use the Paxman rotary vacuum filters...' 
1961 Manufacturing engineers. Specialists in diesel engines, boilers, rotary vacuum filters and chemical plant. 2,250 employees. 
1962 (September) Following Paxman's purchase of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation's European governor operation, based in the Netherlands, Ardleigh Engineering and the newly acquired business start to trade under the name of Regulateurs Europa.
1962-3 One development project was to establish a method for re-engining some British Rail Scottish Region Type 2 locomotives. These had originally been equipped with a competitor's engines which had proved unsatisfactory in service. Paxman won the contract to supply Ventura 12YJXLs to replace them.
1966 The businesses of Ruston and Hornsby and Davey, Paxman and Co are acquired by English Electric Co. The diesel interests of the enlarged group become English Electric Diesel Engines Ltd subsequently renamed English Electric Diesels Ltd in 1968. Paxman thus becomes associated with Dorman (Stafford), Napier, Kelvin (Glasgow), and English Electric. Paxman becomes English Electric Diesels, Paxman Engine Division.
1968 Queen's Award to Industry for Export Achievement. 
1970 The Paxman and Ruston diesel businesses become Ruston Paxman Diesels Limited, a Management Company of English Electric Diesels Limited, with their headquarters at Vulcan Works, Newton-le-Willows.
1972 - English Electric Diesels Limited changes its name to GEC Diesels Limited.
Note: Made engines for the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.
An excellent account by Richard Carr of the company's history and products is available online 
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