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J. Gilbert and Co

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John Gilbert of Boston Street, Hackney Road, London

1847 Bankrupt. '...Bankruptcy issued and now in prosecution against John Gilbert of the Engine Works, Boston-street, Hackney-road, in the county of Middlesex, Millwright and Engineer...'[1]

1848 Short description of Gilbert's double cylinder steam engine [2]. It was a beam engine of the 'vibrating pillar kind' (grasshopper?), with the low pressure cylinder in line with the HP cylinder, but beneath the bedplate, i.e. a tandem compound engine. A 12 HP engine was working 12 hours a day driving sawing machinery, the boiler fuel being sawdust.

1850 'STEAM ENGINES. GILBERT’S DOUBLE CYLINDER is the simplest, cheapest, and most economical ever devised.
Parties requiring Steam Engines should apply for particulars to J. Gilbert and Co., Engine Works, Boston-street, Hackney-road, London.
PS. Several High-pressure Engines and Boilers, from 2 to 20-horse-power, to be disposed of.' [3]

1852 Bankrupt. '... indenture of assignment, bearing date the 21st day of February 1852, John Gilbert, of Boston-street, Hackney-road, in the county of Middlesex, Engineer, assigned all his estate and effects unto George Davis, of No. 4, Railway-place, Fenchurch Street, in the city of London, and of Brooksby's-walk, Homerton, in the said county of Middlesex, Merchant, Joseph Sherwin, of No. 62, Tabernacle-walk, Finsbury, in the said county of Middlesex, Iron Founder, and Samuel Payne, of Montpelier-vale, Blackheatb, in the county of Kent, Poulterer, for the equal benefit of his creditors...'[4]

1855 Patent. '552. And John Gilbert, of the Engine Works, Boston-street, Hackney, in the county of Middlesex, Engineer, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of "an improved pump or pumping apparatus."'[5]


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