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John Blake

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Two Blake ram pumps at Westonzoyland Museum
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Exhibit in Westonzoyland Museum. Detail.

John Blake Ltd of Oxford Street Works, Accrington, Lancs were pump makers.

A comprehensive review of the firm's history and products by Alan McEwen appeared in 'Old Glory' magazine, April 2012.

1859 John Blake patented a steam pressure reducing valve, when he was 18, and started manufacturing the valves in Accrington in partnership with D Kay.

1865 The partnership lasted 6 years, after which Blake formed another (short-lived) partnership with Thomas Parkinson of Blackburn.

1866 Blake built his Oxford Street Works in Accrington.

1867 Blake introduced his hydraulic rams, with the trademark HYDRAM. He also manufactured a range of stationary and portable oil engines, rated from 2 to 50 HP. [1]

Blake Hydram ram pumps are now produced by Allspeeds at Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington

1944 Pump. Exhibit at Queen Street Mill Museum.

1947 Pump. Exhibit at Queen Street Mill Museum.

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Sources of Information

  1. 'Ram Pumps Revisited: John Blake of Accrington' in 'Old Glory' No. 266, April 2012