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of Worcester Foundry, Worcester
Suppliers of Lamp posts and tram wire posts and engines
1814 Company founded by the brothers Robert and John Hardy from Scotland and set up in Worcester
1820 Listed as Hardy and Co
1820 Richard Padmore joined the company
1822 Listed as Hardy and Pickering
1829 Richard Padmore from Shropshire became a partner
1840 Company listed as Hardy and Padmore
1851 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between Robert Hardy and Richard Padmore, of the city of Worcester, Ironfounders, trading under the style or firm of Hardy and Padmore, was, on the 25th day of March instant, dissolved by mutual consent...'
1851 Employing 150 men and boys.
Sole makers of 'Lowne's Patent Vacuum Engine', patented No. 17344, 1889.
1892 Started style 1 engine production under the J. Southall patent
1894 Style 2 oil and gas engine introduced
1897 Patent Southall engine.
1900 Improved style 2 engine introduced
c1910 Introduced a petrol model
1914 Introduced the Romper two-stroke petrol engine rated at 5 bhp
1920 A new Romper engine introduced in 2.5, 3.5, 5 and 6.5 hp sizes and aimed for the agricultural market.