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R. and J. Rankin

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Arched cast iron bridge, known as Kitty Bridge (Manchester), over the Rochdale Canal at Ancoats, Manchester, near junction of Henry St and Redhill St (formerly Union St)
A rank of Rankin cranes at the Albany Building (1856), Ormond Street, Liverpool
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Cast iron lintel over basement windows on the Albany Building, to prevent damage when using the cranes to move goods in and out of the basement

Richard and John Rankin of Union Foundry, 46 Manchester Street, Liverpool

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Ironfounders. Wide range of products, including cranes, small bridges, structural ironwork.

Wharf crane at the covered wharf at the 'Weavers Triangle', Burnley, on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Photos here.

Structural ironwork for Eanam Wharf, Blackburn, on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Photos here.

1849 Advertising as sole manufacturers of Grimes' patent smut machine, or wheat cleaner[1]

An 1860s portable engine has survived in Australia [2]

1866 Richard, John and Henry Rankin and Henry Pearson recorded as Debtors in the London Gazette [3]

1937 Engineers and tool manufacturers.[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Stamford Mercury - Friday 22 June 1849
  2. [1] YouTube video of portable engine
  3. [2] Extract from London Gazette
  4. * 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries