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Joshua Taylor Beale

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Joshua Taylor Beale of Whitechapel and Greenwich, London.

An excellent account of J T Beale's work is available online.[1] [2]

Married Hannah

1825 An engineer. Birth of son, John, in Tower Hamlets[3]

1828 'Specification of the Patent granted to Joshua Taylor Beale, of Church-lane, Whitechapel, in the county of Middlesex, Engineer; and George Richardson Porter, of Old Broad Street, in the city of London, Merchant, for "a new mode of communicating Heat for various purposes". Dated July 19, 1828[4]

Patented Beale's Exhausters.[5]

1837 May have bid to supply the London and Croydon Railway with locomotives.

1837 Obituaries of William Richardson record that he worked for 'Beal and Henderbury' of East Greenwich. However, it seems that there was no such firm.[6]. Probably Beale and Enderby.

1843 Beale's patent rotary engine and tubular boiler (Mr Beale of East Greenwich). He named his rotary steam engine "Anti-John Scott Russell Steam Engine", referring to an opponent of this type of engine[7]

1847 Steam engine and boiler maker, of East Greenwich[8]

c.1849 Single-cylinder A-frame condensing beam engine for The Silk Mill, Glemsford[9]. This engine is now in the care of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, having previously been on display in Newcastle.[10]

1850 Partnership dissolved - J. T. Beale, C. Enderby, H. Enderby, and G. Enderby, East Greenwich, engineers.[11]

1862 Beale's engines were used by many of the London gas companies for driving exhausters[12]

1866 Joshua Taylor Beale (age 72) died in Greenwich[13]

1866 His son John Beale repaired two of the large exhausters of the City of London Gas Light and Coke Co. [14]

A 1/10 scale model of a Beale exhauster is in the possession of the Musee des Arts et Metiers. The model, of a Beale exhauster by Bacaresse, was made by Jules Henri Digeon c.1878.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] Greenwich Peninsula History: Beale
  2. [2] Greenwich Peninsula History: Chapter 8 An Engineering Interlude
  3. London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms
  4. [3] The Repertory of Patent Inventions etc, Vol VIII, 1830 pp.141-147 (detailed description).
  5. The Engineer 1870/06/17
  6. Letter from Mary Mills, Industrial Archaeology News, 193, Summer 2020
  7. The Engineer 1862/03/28
  8. 1847 Bagshaw's History, Gazetteer and Directory
  9. ‘Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain: Volume 9‘ by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing Ltd
  10. [4] Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums collections online catalogue: Item TWCMCS:B989
  11. Sun (London) - Wednesday 9 October 1850
  12. The Engineer 1862/03/28
  13. BMD
  14. The Engineer 1870/06/17 page 374.
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • Mechanics Magazine Volume XXXIX (39) 1843 Pt2 p322
  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10