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Suppliers of furnaces and stoking machinery of Ovenden, Halifax, Yorks.

1847 Company founded.

1902 Public company. The company was registered on 19 February, to acquire the business of chemical, gas, and hydraulic engineers of Jonas Drake and Son, and the gas engineering branch of the Leeds Fireclay Co. [1]

1914 Constructional gas engineers and ironfounders. Specialities: gas works installations and other structural work; elevating and conveying machinery. Employees 800. [2] Directors: William Armitage Drake (Chairman and Managing Director), Henry West, C. F. Srencer, J. W. Drake, and J. W. Wallis.

1926 Contract received for a horizontal carbonising plant of the approximate value of £30,000 for the Huddersfield gasworks. The plant, when completed, will consist of nine beds of ten-retorts, with coal-handling plant, Drakes' patented charging and discharging machine, coke-handling and screen plant.

1961 Constructional gas engineers. 300 employees. [3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE