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Hardy and Padmore

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Base of lamp post. Exhibit at the Didcot Railway Centre.
Hardy and Padmore Street Light Pontypool, Torfaen, Wales.
1894. Southall's patent 2-cycle gas engine.
1895.
1896.
1900. Hot Tube Gas Ignition Engine.
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1927. Gravel Washer and Screener.
1938.

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...'[1]

1851 Employing 150 men and boys.[2]

1892 Started style 1 engine production under the J. Southall patent

1894 Style 2 oil and gas engine introduced

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.

1922 Directors: Joseph Southall (Chairman), Samuel Southall and Thomas J. Southall.

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette Publication date:1 April 1851 Issue:21196 Page:903
  2. 1851 Census