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Johnson and Phillips

From Graces Guide
January 1888.
June 1888. Cables and carbons.
1898. Dynamo machines.




January 1920.
1923. Group photo from Abadan, Persia.
1923. Group photo from Abadan, Persia.
1923. Group photo from Abadan, Persia. List of names of the persons.
1927. Large Electric Cable Armouring Machine.
May 1930.
June 1936.
6th January 1939.
May 1944.
June 1944.
December 1944.
February 1945.
March 1945.
May 1945.
June 1945.
August 1945.
September 1945.
September 1953.
1958. NX 11kV ring main unit.
1960. PDB 800A oil circuit-breaker.

of Victoria Works, Charlton, Kent, Electrical engineers and manufacturers, telegraph engineers, also makers of Cable making and wire rope machinery. Trademark: JP.

London Office: 14 Union Court Broad Street, London, EC.

Later of Colombia House, Aldwych, London, WC2 (1937).

1875 Company founded by Walter Claude Johnson and Samuel Edmund Phillips (d.1893)

1882 Telegraph engineers and electricians[1]

1893 Phillips died

1894 Installation of a Kapp alternator. [2]

1895 Catalogue of cable making and wire covering machinery[3].

1900 Mr. Johnson left the management of the business to others, especially the general managers, Messrs. J. Macgregor and F. S. Paterson, and the departmental managers.

1905 Public company. The company was registered on 17 June, to take over the business of electrical, telegraph and general engineers. [4]. Walter Johnson retired. Mr. Macgregor and Mr. Paterson had been with the firm for 25 years and 15 years respectively, and became joint managing directors[5]

1911 Issued catalogue on switch gear. [6]

1911 Electrical Exhibition. Lamps, cables, generators, projectors, switchgear etc. [7]

1914 Cable manufacturers, electrical engineers and contractors. [8]

1920 Issued catalogue on overhead electric power transmission lines and other electric equipment. [9]

1924 Appointed Mr. John Horne as their export sales engineer.[10]

1924 Description of cable handling machinery for the Danish cable ship Edouard Suenson[11]

1925 Major G. G. Mallinson was appointed assistant branch engineer at the Newcastle office, succeeding Lieut-Colonel Pyne.[12]

1929 Entered the business of distributing electricity - the first UK subsidiary was Midhurst and District Electricity Company[13]

1931 Promoted electricity supply through subsidiary companies to Dunoon, Scotland, to Helen's Bay in Ireland and to Ringmer and district in Sussex[14]

1933 Took over the responsibility of supply of electricity in the Westmorland district [15]

1934 Introduced Permel enamelled wire, Charlton electric storage water heater and Haefely condenser[16]

1935 The investment in distribution networks in Ringmer and Dunoon was almost complete but the Westmorland district was much larger and work was ongoing[17]

1937 Advert in British Industries Fair Catalogue as Maker of C. M. A. (Cable Makers' Association) Cables. Manufacturers of Electric Wires and Cables for all purposes. (Electricity: Industrial and Domestic Section - Stand Nos. Cb.501 and Cb.400). [18]

1937 Navigation, cockpit and identification lamps and aircraft cables. [19]

1944 The company supplied specialist machinery to lay the Pluto pipeline across the English Channel and also supplied many miles of HAIS pipe for the project.

1947 Was a member of the Cable Makers' Association[20]

1948 The 3 distribution companies had been nationalised [21]

1949 The new switchgear factory at Kidsgrove was in full production; decided to enter the flameproof switchgear market by taking an interest in Belmos Co who were well established in the field; had developed a new sheathing system for electrical cables using aluminium[22]

1961 Manufacturers of electric cable, cable accessories, switch gear, transformers, capacitors, overhead line materials and submarine cable-laying gear. Specialists in the transmission transformation and control of electricity. [23]

1964 Acquired by Delta Metal Co[24]

1967 English Electric Co acquired the switchgear interests of the Delta Metal company[25]

Max was a motorcycle produced between 1907 and 1909, by Johnson and Phillips, of Charlton in Kent.

This short-lived make first appeared as a 2hp motorcycle of the early scooter type. It had small-diameter wheels, no seat and the rider had to stand on footboards to control it.

It progressed to include a folding seat and was exhibited at the Stanley show, on the Louis Burn stand. The machine made little impact and soon disappeared.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. see advert
  2. The Engineer of 20th July 1894 p67
  3. The Engineer 1895/09/06
  4. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  5. The Engineer 1905/06/23 p.637
  6. The Engineer 1911/09/22 p319
  7. The Engineer of 29th September 1911 p328
  8. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  9. The Engineer of 20th Feb 1920 p208
  10. The Engineer 1924/08/08
  11. Engineering 1924/08/22
  12. The Engineer 1925/09/04
  13. The Times, May 6, 1930
  14. The Times May 5, 1931
  15. The Times May 5, 1933
  16. The Times, May 4, 1934
  17. The Times May 3, 1935
  18. 1937 British Industries Fair Advert p564; and p380
  19. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  20. The Times, Jan 01, 1947
  21. The Times, Jun 07, 1949
  22. The Times, Jun 07, 1949
  23. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  24. The Times, Feb 13, 1964
  25. The Times , Oct 14, 1967
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X