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Pollit & Wigzell of Sowerby Bridge
Maker of stationary engines. 
formerly Timothy Bates and Co
1834 Joseph Pollit the grandson of Timothy Bates, ran the company.
1862 Joseph Pollit bought the company
1865 Pollit was joined by Eustace Wigzell.
1874 Making high pressure marine boilers
1888 500 HP compound engine for Hall and West, Bridge Paper Mills, Broadclyst. Cylinders 19" and 36" dia, stroke 5 ft. 18 ft dia flywheel, 40" wide leather belt by Fleming, Son and Co of Halifax. 76 rpm. Named 'Excelsior'.
1891 Incorporated as a limited company - Pollit and Wigzell. The original directors were Joseph Pollit and Eustace Wigzell.
1899 Death of Eustace Wigzell, managing director
1900 Death of Joseph Pollit
1909 Textile engine. (Exhibit at Birmingham Thinktank museum)
1909 Textile mill engine built for Washpit Mill, Holmfirth, Yorkshire. Now preserved at Markham Grange Steam Museum, near Doncaster.
1910 Preserved horizontal engine at Coldharbour Mill
1913 Name Plate. (Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry)
1914 Engineers. Specialities: stationary engines of all descriptions for driving all classes of machinery and millwright work. Employees 300.