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Llewellins and James

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Cylinder lubricator made by Llewellins & James to Parsons & Howard’s patent, on a large winding engine at Elliott Colliery (Winding House Museum, New Tredegar)
1882. Cave's mash tun for raw grain and malt.
January 1888.
Hand pump at Tintinhull Gardens

Llewellins and James of Bristol.

of Nailsworth and of Glasgow (1881)

Sometimes described as Llewellin and James.

1735 Foundrymen and machinists trading at 81 Temple Street, Nailsworth.

1832 Peter Llewellin became the owner.

1846 The business moved to Castle Green, Bristol.

1848 Patent sealed: Peter Llewellin, Bristol, brass and copper manufacturer, and John Hemmens, of the same place, brass-founder - Improvements in the manufacture of cocks or valves for drawing off liquids.[1]

Mid-1850s The name of the business became Llewellin and James.

1875 The Castle Green premises were damaged by fire and were rebuilt within two years.

1876 Dissolution of the Partnership between John Llewellin the elder, John Llewellin the younger, James Henry Howell, and William Maberly Llewellin, and carrying on the trade or business of Brassfounders, Coppersmiths, and Engineers, at the city and county of Bristol, and at Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, in England, and also at Glasgow, in Scotland, under the style or firm of Llewellins and James, so far as regards the said John Llewellin the elder, as and from the 30th day of June, 1876. And that the said business has been and will be, as from that day, carried on by the said John Llewellin the younger, William Maberly Llewellin, and James Henry Howell, on their separate account, under the said style or firm of Llewellins and James[2]

1881 Dissolution of the Partnership between John Llewellin, James Henry Howell, and William Maberly Llewellin, carrying on business as Brassfounders and Engineers, at Nailsworth, in the county of Gloucester, under the name or style of the Nailsworth Foundry Company, and at 28, Bath-street, Glasgow, under the name or style of Llewellins and James. John Llewellin continued the business at Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, on his own account; William Maberly Llewellin continued the business at 28, Bath-street, Glasgow, on his own account[3] - see Llewellin Machine Co.

By 1889 the company was the largest brass foundry in Bristol.

1894 Brewer's Exhibition. Showed equipment

1906 Became a limited company.

1909 Agreed with Phoenix Engineering Co of Chard to buy all its tar boilers from Phoenix and that the two companies would sell their boilers at the same price.

1930s The workforce was approximately 200 and involved in the manufacture of beer pumps, hose fittings, taps, copper milk-condensing tanks, hemispherical copper double-skinned pans used in jam-making, tar and bitumen spraying machines used for road maintenance etc. Also involved in maintenance work at breweries, pubs, dairies and ships (at Bristol and Swansea docks).

1972 At a meeting in Bristol, the Company was put into voluntary liquidation[4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Practical Mechanic's Journal, December 1848
  2. London Gazette 2 Jan 1877
  3. London Gazette 27 Dec 1881
  4. The London Gazette 30 November 1972
  • The Engineer 1894/10/26 p357