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Guest and Chrimes

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Foundry and Brass Works, Rotherham, and,
represented by Thomas Beggs of 37 Southampton Street, Strand, London, WC.

1843 Company established by Chrimes Brothers. Later became Chrimes, Neatby and Co.

1847 Taken over (it is thought) by Guest and Chrimes

1856 Manufactured water meter to William Siemens's design

1857 Richard Chrimes, of Brass Works, Rotherham, was elected to membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, proposed by C. W. Siemens and seconded by W. Fairbairn; he remained a member until 1889[1]

1862 Acquired William Crosley's gas apparatus and meter manufactory in Southwark Bridge Road.

1871 Richard Chrimes employed 400 hands

1873 After a lengthy dispute with the Birmingham brass workers union, the union proposed to set up a co-operative at Masbro in direct competition with the company[2]

1879 The town boundary was to be extended and would include the works, which would increase the rates paid and prevent the company draining into the river. Mr Eckholme, the general manager of the company, suggested he could devise a cheaper drainage scheme[3]

1914 Foundry and General Brass Works. Specialities: Chrimes' High-Pressure Loose Valve Cocks, Guest and Chrimes' Improved Sluice Valves (body cast in one piece), Siemens and Adamson's Water Meter, Reservoir Valves and Fittings, Fire-Extinguishing Apparatus, General Plumbers' Goods, Gas Fittings including High-Power Lamps, Wet and Dry Gas Meters. Employees 400. [4]

1917 Private company.

1922 Their secretary Mr. T. W. Bottoms retired after forty-two years' service with the firm and was succeeded by Mr A. L. Guilmant.[5]

1961 Hydraulic engineers, producing sluice valves, water meters, penstocks and brasswork required in waterworks construction. 500 employees. [6]


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Sources of Information

  1. UK Mechanical Engineers, via Ancestry
  2. The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, April 26, 1873
  3. The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, June 28, 1879
  4. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  5. The Engineer 1922/08/04
  6. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE