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Robert Daglish and Co

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1858 pumping engine for the Léonie coal mine, France
Operating mechanism at Birkenhead
Detail of operating mechanism at Birkenhead
1869. Black ash furnace, British Alkali Works.
1872. Revolving Furnace for The Manufacture of Black Ash.
1874 Rolling mill engine
80-ton mine winding drum
Colliery winding engine with Corliss valve gear. 16ft dia drum, 30" bore cylinders, 5ft stroke. [1]
Colliery winding engine with Daglish valve gear. Two 12ft dia drums. Cylinders 20" bore, 3ft stroke [2]
Internal cone winding drum, 8ft to 13ft dia. [3]
Daglish's Patent Cut-off Gear

Robert Daglish and Co of St. Helens Foundry Engine and Boiler Works

1798 Company Established

1812 Robert Daglish built a locomotive known as the Yorkshire Horse while at the Orrell Colliery

1849 'The North Railway Station at Liverpool ... in Waterloo Road ... Upwards from the Waterloo station, the station extends under Great Howard-street, which is supported by a neat iron bridge, of 116 feet span, erected by R. Daglish, jun., St. Helens[4]

1850 Operating mechanism (for lock gates?) at Egerton Wharf, Birkenhead. Marked 'Daglish Junr. St Helens Foundry' (see photos)

1852 Partnership change. '... the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Robert Daglish, Robert Daglish the younger, John Thompson, and Edward Thompson, lately carrying on business at Saint Helens, in the county of Lancaster, as Civil Engineers and Iron Founders, under the firm of Robert Daglish, junior, and Company, was dissolved on the 30th day of June 1850, by mutual consent...'[5]

1858 Large pumping engine for the Léonie coal mine, Bouches du Rhone, near Marseilles. 84" bore, 10 ft stroke. Cylinder and jacket weighed 24.5 tons. See illustration.[6]

1858 'A large brass screw propeller, for the steamer Doris, was sent on Tuesday from the foundry of Mr. R. Daglish, at St. Helen's, for Plymouth, where the vessel is being built. The screw was made according to Griffiths's patent, and is one of the largest brass screws made in this district, being 20 feet from blade to blade, and weighing upwards of 12 tons.'[7]

1864 Daglish and Windus Plate Bending Machine, page 199 of The Engineer 1864/04/01.

1866 Two Single Cylinder Rotative beam Engine for Bristol Waterworks (Chelvey Station)

1874 Daglish's horizontal boring machine described in 'Engineering'[8]

1874 Two cylinder rolling mill engine for the Mersey Steel and Iron Co, Liverpool. Cylinders 36" dia, 4 ft stroke. Max speed 250 rpm [9].

1884 Made a set of Provand's patent sea water distillation plant for use at Iquique, S America [10]

1887 Dissolution of the Partnership of George Heaton Daglish, of Rock Mount, Aigburth, in the county of Lancaster, Civil Engineer, Harry Bolton Daglish, of Forest House, Prescot, in the said county of Lancaster, and Robert Shaw Daglish, of Orrell Lodge, near Wigan, in the said county of Lancaster, under the firm of Robert Daglish and Co., at St. Helens, in the county of Lancaster, in the trade or business of Ironfounders, Engineers, and Millwrights, by mutual consent. All debts settled by Harry Bolton Daglish and Robert Shaw Daglish, who carred on the business[11].

1890 Inverted Vertical Rotative Engine for St Helens Waterworks (Kirkby Station)

1890 Horizontal two-cylinder winding engine for Huncoat Colliery, Accrington[12]

1891 Advert. Engines

1897 Horizontal Rotative Engine for St. Helens Waterworks (Eccleston Hill Station). (R. H. Daglish of St. Helens)

1904 Large mine winding drum described in 'The Engineering Magazine'[13]. Diameter 33 ft, weight of drum 80 tons. See photo.

1905 Supplied inverted vertical single-cylinder winding engine for Tirpentwys Colliery

1919 Advert for engines for winding, hauling and pumping and other equipment

1927 Advert for winding, hauling and pumping engines and other equipment


A notable former apprentice was Richard John Seddon, who became Prime Minister of New Zealand [14]

1879 'SIXTY-SEVEN YEARS' OF SERVICE will shortly be completed by a workman named Richard Rogerson, who entered the employ of Messrs. Robert Daglish and Co., St. Helen's Engine, Boiler, Bridge Works and Foundry, St. Helen's, Lancashire, in 1812, and, his employers write, has never been in any other employ, has always been a faithful servant, and has never given the slightest trouble to them in any way. Messrs. Daglish also inform us that their cashier, who recently died, had been in their service for fifty years. Such instances as these of long service are worth recording in these days of changes and strikes.'[15]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Mechanical Engineering of Collieries, by T. Campbell Futers, Vol 1, published by the Colliery Guardian Co
  2. The Mechanical Engineering of Collieries, by T. Campbell Futers, Vol 1, published by the Colliery Guardian Co
  3. The Mechanical Engineering of Collieries, by T. Campbell Futers, Vol 1, published by the Colliery Guardian Co
  4. Liverpool Mail - Saturday 15 September 1849
  5. The London Gazette Publication date:20 January 1852 Issue:21283 Page:170
  6. [1] Practical Mechanic's Journal, May 1, 1863. Note: high resolution version of drawing available
  7. Liverpool Mercury, 2 July 1858
  8. 'Engineering' magazine, 23rd October 1874
  9. 'Engineering' 20th February 1874
  10. 'Engineering' 30 May 1884
  11. London Gazette 16 Aug 1887
  12. ‘Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 3.1: Lancashire’ by George Watkins: Landmark Publishing Ltd.
  13. 'The Limits and Possibilities of Deep Mining' by E. H. Roberton, 'The Engineering Magazine' Vol XXV1 October 1903 - March 1904 (New York, 1904)
  14. [2] Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
  15. The Graphic, 24 May 1879
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p18
  • Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p20
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978. ISBN 0-903485-65-6
  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10