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George Waller and Son

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Waller steam engine at Poldark Mine Museum
Waller steam engine No. 2471 from Mill Hill Gasworks at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
Waller high speed steam engine and gas blower at Tokomaru Steam Museum, New Zealand.
Waller engine at Westonzoyland Museum.
February 1904.
September 1909.
December 1910.
January 1911.
February 1913.
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Horizontal engine at Merrywalks Shopping Centre in Stroud
Display board behind engine at Merrywalks Shopping Centre in Stroud
Detail from display board photograph. The lathe operator on the LHS is machining a small engine crankshaft on an ordinary centre lathe. Behind the operator of the large lathe can be seen some castings for horizontal engine bedplates

Gas works and plant engineers, of Southwark (London) and Phoenix Iron Works, Stroud (Glos.). Southwark address given up at some point.

The Phoenix Iron Works were previously held by John Ferrabee and Sons and later by James Ferrabee and Co

Sometimes known as G. Waller and Co

From 1872 Burton, Sons, and Waller, later George Waller and Son, a firm of mechanical engineers, occupied the foundry using it to make castings for their main factory in London, and in 1887 the firm moved the whole of its plant to the Phoenix works. Waller & Son, by then part of a larger combine, still occupied the works in 1971 when they were chiefly engaged in the production of compressed-air pumps for gas-works, sewage-works, and other undertakings; the works then employed c. 180 people.[1]

1874 Advertisement. G. Waller and Co, Phoenix Iron Works, Stroud.[2]

1875 Erected two hoists in the Royal Hotel, London, one for use of the visitors and the other for the luggage. [3]

1876 Advertising as George Waller and Co, Phoenix Works, Holland Street, Southwark (London) and Stroud.

1879 Partnership dissolved. '...George Waller and Frederick Colyer, as Engineers, Millwrights, and Iron Founders, and carrying on business at John's place, Holland-street, and Bear-gardens, both in the county of Surrey, and also at Stroud, in the county of Gloucester, under the style or firm of George Waller and Co., was this day dissolved by mutual consent. And notice is further given, that the said business will henceforth be carried on by the said George Waller on his own account...'[4]

1882 Advertisement. G. Waller and Co, Holland Street, Southwark.[5]

c1900 Two engines for Bristol Gas Co.[6]

1906 Mentioned as G. Waller and Co, supplying two engines and exhausters.[7]

1917 Private limited company.

1944 Bryan Donkin Co and W. C. Holmes and Co each acquired half interest in George Waller and Son Ltd[8].

1949 B. H. D. Engineers was formed as a public company to acquire Bryan Donkin Co and W. C. Holmes and Co[9].

1961 Gas, hydraulic and general engineers. [10]

1974 Acquired by Hopkinsons Holdings together with the rest of Donkins[11]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Stroud: Economic history', A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 11: Bisley and Longtree Hundreds (1976), pp. 119-132.
  2. Western Gazette - Friday 24 July 1874
  3. The Engineer 1875/03/19
  4. [1] The London Gazette Publication date:4 July 1879 Issue:24740 Page:4293
  5. Leeds Mercury - Monday 18 December 1882
  6. The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978. ISBN 0-903485-65-6
  7. Tamworth Herald - Saturday 01 December 1906
  8. The Times, 11 February 1949
  9. The Times, 11 February 1949
  10. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  11. The Times, Apr 13, 1974