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Kendall and Gent

From Graces Guide
Large plano milling machine
c.1850 pipe facing machine on display at the Musee des Arts et Metiers. The large handwheel operates the vice jaws. The pipe is held stationary while the bevel gear-driven parting tool rotates. The small spoked wheel feeds the tool in. A stationary striker presumably contacts the protruding spokes to rotate the wheel automatically.
1867. Nut shaping (milling) machine.


1869. Brown's patent screwing machine.
April 1870.
June 1880.
1883. Cutter machine.
1884.Fairbairn's Screw Rolling Machine.
1885. Milling and slotting machine.
January 1888.
1900. Radial Drill and Vertical Milling machine exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exhibition.
1900. Plano-Milling machine.
1901. Open Spindle Turret Lathe, shown at the Glasgow Exhibition.
1903. Milling Machine.
1903. Crank web, profiling and milling machine.
1905. Portable drilling machine.
1909. Universal plano milling machine.
1909. Bush and Face Grinder.
1910. Machine for Milling Locomotive Frame Plates.
1910. 10.5 inch turret lathe.
1914. 5 ft radial drilling machine.
Victoria Works, Gorton, in the 1920s
February 1929.
1932. Large Heavy Duty Plano Milling Machine.
1934. Openside plano-milling machine.
November 1944
May 1947.
January 1948.
April 1948.
June 1948.
August 1948.
February 1952.
April 1952.
June 1952.
August 1952.
1960. Large plano milling machine for C. A. Parsons and Co.
1961. Plano Milling Machine.
Plano Milling Machine.

Kendall and Gent were machine tool makers, originally of Victoria Works, Springfield, Salford.

of Victoria Works, Belle Vue (Gorton), Manchester (1890s).

William Kendall and George Gent [1]

1847 Company established.

c.1850 Kendall & Gent machine for machining the ends of tubes up to 2" dia on display at the Musee des Arts et Metiers. See photo.

1873 (1 volume; in German) Illustrated sales catalogue.

1876 Details of their screwing machine with releasing motion. [2]

In the 1890s they moved to a new works, also called Victoria Works, in Belle Vue (Gorton), Manchester.

1897 New works built alongside Belle Vue Station, Gorton.

1900 Plano-milling machine and others at the Paris exhibition. Article and illustration in 'The Engineer'. [3]

1901 Article about the new works in the American Machinist [4]

1904 Incorporated as a limited company.

1911 Produced a Break Lathe; screwing machine.

1914 Machine tool makers. Specialities: patent screwing and tapping machines, Dixon's patent radial drilling and tapping machines, milling machines, cutter grinding machines. [5]

1920 Public company.

1920 September. Exhibited at the Machine Tool and Engineering Exhibition at Olympia with milling machines. [6]

1944 Name changed. [To what? Kendall & Gent Ltd?]

1959 Acquired by W. E. Sykes.

1960 The company built a massive 450 ton plano milling machine with a 70ft long bed for C. A. Parsons and Co. It was capable of machining components 35ft 6in long by 12ft wide and 9ft 6in high, weighing up to 100 tons. [7]

1961 Machine tool makers. [8]

1966 Acquired by Staveley Industries[9]


1875 'SENT TO GAOL FOR SCUTTLING. At the Salford Borough Court this morning, before Mr. R. M. Redhead and Mr. W. W. Goulden, William Lennie and Jonathan Edwards, aged 14 and 17 respectively, were brought up in custody on the charge of throwing stones to the annoyance of passengers in Springfield Lane. It appears that nearly every meal-time it is the custom of the lads employed at the firm of Messrs. Kendall and Gent, machinists, to engage in pitched battles at "scuttling" with those employed at the mill of Messrs. Langworthy. As these proceedings take place in a public thoroughfare, several persons have had their heads cut open, and have otherwise been injured, and in consequence of the complaints which have been made Detective-sergeant Eyre and several other constables in plain clothing were set to watch this particular neighbourhood. At five minutes to nine this morning, the encounter between the opposing factors was resumed, about fifty lads in all participating. Eyre and the other officers, who were secreted in dwelling-houses, then rushed upon the scene, and four of the lads were apprehended and brought to the police station. The bench having heard the above evidence, the prisoners were sent to gaol for 14 days with hard labour. Mr. Redhead said there must be an end put to this practice, and though they were sorry to send lads so young to gaol, under the circumstances they could not do otherwise.'[10]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Evening News - Thursday 23 May 1872
  2. The Engineer of 17th November 1876 p349
  3. The Engineer of 7th September 1900 p237
  4. [1] American Machinist, 7 Feb 1901, pp.127-9
  5. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  6. The Engineer of 24th September 1920 p295
  7. The Engineer of 29th January 1960 p166
  8. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  9. The Times, Feb 21, 1967
  10. Manchester Evening News, 18 September 1875
  • [2] Manchester Archives
  • Machine Tools by James Weir French in 2 vols. Published 1911 by Gresham