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Martin and Smethurst

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Martin & Smethurst of Guide Bridge Iron Works, Audenshaw near Manchester

1855 25 HP Patent slip engine installed at Hobart Town Patent Slip. 'The engine bears the names of "Martin and Smethurst, engineers, Guide Bridge, Manchester"' [1]

1855 Patent: Provisonal Protection No. 415, 26th February 1855 Hamilton Martin and Joseph Smethurst of Guide Bridge Iron Works: Improvements in the construction of fences or casings for shafts, pulleys and other parts of machinery [2]

1860 Patent 2912 relating to steam engine slide valves issued to Joseph Smethurst [3]

1871 Quoted for supply of a horizontal steam engine for Greg's Quarry Bank Mill, with a 10 ft 10 inch diameter spur wheel, and cylinder dimensions of 24" bore, 4 ft stroke[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1]The Hobart Town Daily Courier 10th October 1855
  2. The Mechanics’ Magazine Vol LXII 1855
  3. London Gazette 15th December 1860
  4. [2] Quarry Bank Mill Memorandum transcript by Adam Daber on ‘Spinning the Web’ website