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Easton and Anderson

From Graces Guide
1870 beam engine at Bressingham Steam Museum
1878 60-ton crane for Abouchoff
1880. Three boilers. Exhibit at Queensland Maritime Museum.


1891. Compound pneumatic pumping engines, General Post Office.
1892. Electro-motive car, Bradford Tramways.
1893. Mitchell's Oil Press.
160-ton sheerlegs at Garden Island
1891. Exhibit at the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum.
December 1929.

Easton and Anderson of Erith

1866 James Easton the elder, Charles Edwards Amos, James Easton the younger, Edward Easton, Percy Shaw Easton, James Chapman Amos, and William Anderson, carrying on business together as Engineers, Ship Builders, and Iron Workers and Founders, at the Erith Works, Erith, in the county of Kent, expired on the 30th day of June, 1866, by effluxion of time, so far as respects the said James Easton the elder and Charles Edwards Amos [1] - see Easton and Amos

1867 Company referred to briefly as Easton, Amos and Anderson. [2]

1869 Engine for Somerset Rivers Drainage Board (Aller Moor Station, Burrowbridge).

1870 Beam engine from Banstead Hospital, Surrey, now preserved at Bressingham Steam Museum

1874 Pumping machinery for Windsor Castle Sewage Works [3]

1875 Two Rotative Beam Engines for The Metropolitan water Board (Brixton Hill Station).

Gun mountings of the Moncrieff-type made for the British Government and for the Russian Admiralty. Patented design of a high angle fire mortar mounting for the American Government generated considerable royalties for the firm.

1876 Details of a safety valve designed in 1872. [4]

1876 Workers strike regarding payment per day rather than per piece of work. [5]

1878 60-ton steam crane to serve steam hammer at Abouchoff Steel Works, St Petersburg, Russia (see illustration) [6]

1879 Two Rotative Beam Engines with gear drive and the pumps for Southampton Waterworks (Timpsbury Station).

1883 Engine for Waldersea, Norfolk.

1885 Easton and Anderson had the honour of building one of the few guns made to J. Longridge's design for the British Government.[7]

1885 Made equipment for the Amsterdam Hill Waterworks Company at Weesp, principally comprising four compound beam engines and ten steel Lancashire boilers. The flywheels were 18' 9" diameter, and it was remarked that the rims were machined on a vertical lathe. The components were loaded into sailing ships at the works, and delivered direct to the waterworks. [8]

1885 Award at the 1885 International Inventions Exhibition. Apparatus for water supply and purification.[9]

1888 February. 150-ton Travelling Crane. [10]

1888 June. Revolving Water Filter and Purifier. [11]

1889 Thomas Perceval Wilson became chairman on the death of James Easton, Junior

1889 William Anderson left the company on being appointed Director General of the Ordnance Factories.

1891 Four Woolf compound beam engines for the pneumatic tube mail system in London [12]

1892/1893 Made 160-ton shear legs for the naval establishment at Garden Island, Sydney (see illustration). Front legs 137 ft long. Rear leg 186 ft 9" long, positioned (luffed) by a steam-driven leadscrew. This was forged from wrought iron, 10" dia 60 ft 1" long. [13]

1894 Company wound up for reconstruction. ' is desirable to reconstruct the Company, and that with a view thereto the Company be wound up voluntarily ; and that Thomas Perceval Wilson, of 3, Whitehall-place, London, S.W., Engineer, be and he is hereby appointed Liquidator...'[14]

1895 Became Easton, Anderson and Goolden

1929 Owned by the Pulsometer Engineering Co[15]

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978. ISBN 0-903485-65-6
  1. Gazette Issue 23216 published on the 5 February 1867. Page 42 of 78
  2. The Engineer 1867/12/13
  3. 'Engineering' magazine, 27th March 1874
  4. The Engineer of 1st September 1876 p145
  5. The Engineer 1876/01/14
  6. Engineering 25th January 1878
  7. H. Garbett's Naval Gunnery (1897), p. 106-107
  8. The Engineer 12th November 1886
  9. [1] Gazette Issue 25500 published on the 12 August 1885. Page 8 of 26
  10. The Engineer of 17th February 1888 p132 & p134
  11. The Engineer of 29th June 1888 p530
  12. The Engineer 1891/12/18
  13. 'The Engineer' 29th December 1893
  14. [2] Gazette Issue 26481 published on the 2 February 1894. Page 45 of 106
  15. See Advertisement