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Peter Brotherhood

From Graces Guide


January 1888.
March 1888.
June 1888. 3-cylinder engine.


February 1911.


December 1929.
1937. Turbo-Generator.
1937. Compressors.
1943. Brotherhood-Ricardo.
1943 sleeve valve diesel engine at Anson Engine Museum
1951. Advert for steam engines up to 700 bhp, turbines. compressors and refrigeration plant. 'Compressor and power plant specialists for nearly a century'.
March 1957.
February 1959.
Exhibit at the Chatham Dockyard.

See Peter Brotherhood (1838-1902)

of 63 and 56 Compton St, Goswell Road, London

of Belvedere Road, Westminster Bridge, London

of Engineering Works, Peterborough

1878 formerly Brotherhood and Hardingham; after Hardingham left, George Blake Oughterson joined as general manager — a position he held until 1897

1881 Opened larger works at 15-17 Belvedere Road, Westminster Bridge.

1882 An unknown lighting installation (could this have been at Holborn??) was powered by a dynamo by D. (sic) Gramme driven by a Brotherhood engine[1].

1902 Peter Brotherhood died[2]; Stanley Brotherhood, who had been general manager, stepped up to run the firm.

1903 Formation of Brotherhood-Crocker Motors

1907 Private company.

1908 Occupied a riverside site which was part of the land required for the new London County Hall.

By 1911 had moved to Peterborough

1914 Manufacturers of High Speed Engines, Steam Turbines, Air Compressors, Fans and Fan Engines. Employees 850. [3]

Post WWI Made the 30-hp Peterbro tractor. Small numbers made for ten years.

1920 Produced a tractor for direct ploughing. [4]

1920 Became part of Agricultural and General Engineers.

1925 They opened a branch office at 324, Harrogate-road, Leeds, and that Mr E. Markham represented them in Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland and the Grimsby area.[5]

1934 Description of engines made under licence from Junkers-Motorenbau [6]

1934 'Messrs. Peter Brotherhood, Limited, Peterborough, have received numerous orders for British Junkers Diesel engines during the past few weeks. These include three-cylinder 30/36 brake horse-power engines for the Grand Union Canal Company and the British Admiralty, and two-cylinder 20/24 brake horse-power engines for Messrs. East Midland Gravel Company, Limited, Messrs. Millars Machinery Company, Limited, Messrs. Standard Steel Company (1929), Limited, and other firms.'[7]

1937 Compressor, engine and turbine manufacturers. [8]

1937 Company made public. Directors listed are: [9]

The Brotherhood-Ricardo high speed heavy oil engine was made in a range of sizes from 40 to 500 bhp.

1943 Large sleeve valve diesel engine - Brotherhood-Ricardo (see advert). Exhibit at Anson Engine Museum.

1944 Advert for Brotherhood-Ricardo diesel engines 40-500 bhp with 2-8 cylinders. [10]

1945 Advert for steam engines and turbines. Brotherhood-Ricardo high-speed sleeve valve oil engines. [11]

1960 Advert. Compressor and power plant specialists. [12]

1961 Manufacturers of high pressure compressors for air and gases, compressors for torpedo service, torpedo tubes, steam turbines, turbo-generators, refrigerating plant, water cooling towers and specialised plant to customers' own designs. [13]

1965 Acquired the Sandiacre factory of Crossley-Premier Engines but not the business[14].

Peter Brotherhood Ltd continue to produce steam turbines and gas compressors in Peterborough.[15]

Brotherhoods, Engineers

In 1965 Peter Brotherhood Ltd published an 84-page account of the history of the firms established by Rowland and Peter Brotherhood, written by Sydney A. Leleux.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Electrician, vol 8, 1882
  2. The Times, Friday, Oct 17, 1902
  3. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  4. The Engineer of 10th December 1920 p582
  5. The Engineer 1925/07/03
  6. Engineering 1934/01/12
  7. Engineering 1934/03/02]]
  8. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  9. The Times, Monday, Jul 05, 1937
  10. The Modern Diesel edited by Geoffrey Smith. Published by Iliffe & Sons 1944
  11. Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p26
  12. Mechanical World Year Book 1960. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p26
  13. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  14. The Times, 21 June 1965
  15. Company website.
  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10