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Harvey and Williams

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of Victoria Foundry, Huntingdon

1899 Harvey and Williams, Limited. — This company has been formed to acquire as a going concern and to carry on and extend the business of Harvey and Williams, Limited, engineers, of Huntingdon and London, and to acquire and amalgamate the business known as the Holme House Foundry, Wigan, and the patent for a tool-making machine known as "The Palmer Patent Forging Machine." [1]

1900: Built two traction engines with Fowell-pattern cylinders. [2]



Additional information is provided in an online article concerning Fowell and Son traction engines. This states that George John Fowell had attended the sale of Fowell & Son and bought two part finished Fowell machines, Nos 88 and 89, as well as a large quantity of patterns, drawings and engine spares. He then offered his services to Bayliss and Thakray of Victoria Foundry. No 88 was a 7 nhp engine built mostly from the spare parts, and registered as CE 8064 (scrapped in 1948), while No 89 was an 8 nhp engine, almost certainly was made with new parts produced at Huntingdon. Registered as AH 5941, scrapped 1946. Bayliss and Thakray were bought out by Harvey and Williams, who had been making printing machinery in London. They advertised themselves as "Builders of the well known "Fowell" Pattern improved Agricultural Locomotive". Early in 1900 the firm went into liquidation, Mr Harvey being prosecuted for fraud in 1901. [3]

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Evening News, 11th November 1899
  2. 'Some Lesser-known Traction Engines' by Ronald H Clark, in Engineering magazine 4 June and 11 June 1948
  3. [1]Online article about Fowell by Mr R Green