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January 1923.
December 1929.

of Craiginches, Aberdeen

formerly Harpers and Co

1892 The Craiginches iron works were erected on the south bank of the Dee to meet the increasing demand for rope and belt pulleys and fly-wheels, tooth-gearing, steel shafting, bearings and their supporting fixings, and generally, all accessories required for the transmission of power.

1895 Advert. Accessories for the transmission of power. Belt and rope pulleys, gear wheels, shafting etc. [1]

Harper's developed an important line of business in wire fencing and fencing posts. This led them to develop iron suspension footbridges, and in a period of over 30 years they produced many such bridges for the UK and overseas. An excellent history of the company, with the main focus on their suspension bridges, was published by Douglas Harper in 2015[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Mechanical World Year Book 1895. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p141
  2. 'River, Railway and Ravine - Foot Suspension Bridges for Empire' by Douglas Harper, The History Press, 2015