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Fielding and Platt

From Graces Guide
Cape Town at the Silos in the harbour (2018)
April 1870.
January 1872.
1872. Oscillating engine.
June 1872. Schmid's patent water engine and pump.
January 1880.
1881. Hydraulic Flanging and Straightening Machine: Tweddell's System.
1882. Exhibits at the Naval and Submarine Exhibition.
1885. High pressure pumping engines.
1885. Tweddell's 150 ton rivetting machine.
1885. Tweddell's 150 ton rivetting machine.
January 1888.
1893. Gas engine, 100 indicated horse power.
1894. Pumping engines for Castle Eden Colliery.
1897. 100 hP Gas Engine at The 1897 Brussels Exhibition.
January 1902.
1903. 150 hp Vertical Gas Engine.
1903. Plate Bending Machine.
1904. Hydraulic draw benches, Ferry Works, Queensferry.
January 1906.


1909. 2.5 and 7 hp lampless oil engines.
1909. 24 hp Suction gas engine.
1909. Hydraulic pumping engines for Japan.
1914. Crude oil engine.




c1920. 20-hp 200rpm paraffin engine. Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum.
1926. Hydraulic Machines and Pneumatic Rivetters.
1926. Heavy Oil Engines.
December 1929.
1933. 1500 Ton Press for Heavy Motor Chassis. For Rubery, Owen and Co.
Dec 1939.
1943. Hydraulic Presses.
May 1943
November 1944.
March 1968.

Fielding and Platt, hydraulic engineers, of Atlas Ironworks, Gloucester.

formerly Samuel Fielding was in partnership with John Gillett at the Atlas Ironworks

1866 Company founded by Samuel Fielding and James Platt.

1870 Made a machine for hydraulically testing pipes from 3" to 24" diameter and up to 9 ft long, for Vienna Water Works. The arrangement resembled that of a lathe, having a headstock and tailstock on a bed, with two 'faceplates' having circumferential grooves to locate and seal the pipe ends (using rubber gaskets). A hand pump supplied the pressure through the 'headstock'. Inside the pipe, an adjustable tube and valve were provided for releasing the air from the top of the pipe.[1]

1871 Sole manufacture of Tweddell's hydraulic riveting machines,

1873 Made the first hydraulic portable riveting machinery for the Primrose Street Railway Bridge of the Great Eastern Railway at Bishopsgate Street Station, London, which proved a great success.

1875 Maker of Tweddell's hydraulic rivetter

1880 Produced their first gas engine with sizes from 3hp to 8hp

1881 Produced the Uniflow engine

1884 Rope-driven overhead crane produced [2]

1889 Paris Exhibition. Hydraulic plant. [3]

1892 Crystal Palace Electrical Exhibition. 8-hp and 14-hp horizontal gas engine based on Otto principle. [4]

1894 Coupled Horizontal Tandem Pumping Engines for Castle Eden Colliery. Article and illustrations in 'The Engineer'. [5]

1894 June. Took part in the Royal Agricultural Society’s Competitive Trial of Oil Engines. 8.0 bhp fixed engine and a portable engine. Article in ‘The Engineer’. [6]

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Awarded Gold Medal for Large Mechanical Constructions.

1895 Private company.

1895 After the death of Mr. Tweddell the company took over all the rights connected with his hydraulic machinery.

1897 Employ 500 persons.[7]

1898 Introduced a lampless oil engine

c1901 Produced the prototype mechanically-powered vacuum cleaner for Hubert Cecil Booth

1908 Producing the Safety oil engine in sizes up to 60 bhp (single) and 120 bhp (twin)

1908 Gas engines and gas producers

1911 Manufacturer of Flanging Presses (Tweddell's System); Forging Presses; Hydraulic Machinery for the Railways.[8]

1911 Gun-straightening machine for Italy. [9]

1911 Smithfield Club Show. Exhibited gas and oil engines plus a suction gas plant and a combined engine and pump. [10].

1912 A low-pressure heavy oil engine introduced

c1928 A range of vertical high-speed engine introduced producing 50 hp (twin), 100 hp (four) and 150 hp (six cylinder) versions

1937/8 The company was taken over by Brush; the engines part was merged with Petters

1939 Heenan and Froude acquired the remaining assets of Fielding and Platt[11], essentially the hydraulics business.

1961 Engineers, specialising in hydraulic machinery, presses, pumps and accumulators. 620 employees. [12]

1965 Supplied high-energy rate drop forging machines (the first in Britain) made under licence from General Dynamics of USA[13]

1968 Hydraulic extrusion press for the UKAEA. [14]

1968 Formation of Redman Heenan International.

1978 Sole UK licence holder for USI-Clearing of Chicago, the largest manufacturer of metal and plastic forming processes in the world[15].

1982 Disposal of Fielding and Platt by Redman Heenan International anticipated[16].

1986 Fielding & Platt enters voluntary receivership. Clayton, Son & Co. (Holdings) Ltd. bought the company from the Receivers.

1994 Motherwell Bridge Group took over the Clayton Group.

1999 Fielding & Platt name dropped in favour of MB Material Handling Systems incorporting MB Nuclear and FPI (MB = Motherwell Bridge).

2000 End of manufacturing at Gloucester. An office was retained.

2003 Acquired by Group Rhodes

2003 Gloucester office closed.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] Engineering, 2 Dec 1870
  2. Engineering 13th June 1884 p523
  3. The Engineer of 10th May 1889 p396
  4. 1892 The Practical Engineer
  5. The Engineer of 9th March 1894 p194-5 & p197
  6. The Engineer of 22nd June 1894 p540
  7. Gloucester Journal - Saturday 27 February 1897
  8. Bradshaw’s Railway Manual 1911
  9. The Engineer 1911/08/25 p213
  10. The Engineer 1911/12/08 p594
  11. The Times, 23 November 1939
  12. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  13. The Times, Dec 01, 1965
  14. The Engineer of 5th January 1968 p10
  15. The Times, 17 April 1978
  16. The Times, 16 December 1982