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George Cradock and Co

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June 1888. Rope.
1889. From Engineering of 13th December.
1899. Wire ropes.
1901. General View of the Steel Works at Wakefield.
1901. Re-heating furnace and steam hammer.
1901. The rolling mills.
1901. Laying Shop.
1901. Stranding shop.
1901. Stranding Shop.
January 1906.
1918. From ‘Kempes Year Book’
1918. From ‘Kempes Year Book’

George Cradock and Co Wire Rope Works and Wire Drawing Mills of Wakefield.

‎‎ 1853 Company established.

1881 Advert Lang's Patent Wire Rope.

1889 30-ton wire-rope closing machine. [1]

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Wire ropes. [2]

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Awarded Gold Medal for metallurgy. [3]

1900 June. Royal Agricultural Show at York. Showed steam plough wire ropes. [4]

1914 Wire rope manufacturers and engineers. Specialities: steel wire and pig iron ropes for all purposes, special Nuflex and lock coil ropes for winding, sinking and balance ropes, Lang's lay ropes, aerial ropeways, suspension bridges, Blondins or cableways. Employees 400. [5]

1917 Advert for steel wire ropes. [6]

1919 Advert for steel wire ropes. [7]

1920 Jan. Issued calendar. [8]

1920 May. Issued catalogue on locked-coil rope. [9]

1924 One of eight companies merged into British Ropes Ltd on its formation[10].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 12th April 1889 p316
  2. The Engineer of 1st June 1894 p469
  3. The Engineer of 2nd November 1894 p387
  4. The Engineer of 22nd June 1900 p650
  5. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  6. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p180
  7. Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p216
  8. The Engineer 1920/01/16 p63
  9. The Engineer of 28th May 1920 p564
  10. National Archives