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Sheepbridge Engineering

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September 1954.
October 1956.
Oct 1960.
Oct 1962.
1963. Aerial view of the Sheepbridge Works, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
1963. E. Darbyshire, chief accountant.
1963. E. A. Macdonell, personal assistant to managing director.
1963. L. W. Whitlock, secretary.
Oct 1966.
October 1975.

Manufacturer of mining equipment, aircraft and car components, machinery and castings, of Sheepbridge Works, Chesterfield

19th century: Engineering department of the Sheepbridge Co was formed.[1]

1948 Public company formed to acquire from the Sheepbridge Co Ltd[2] the business of general engineers and the shares held in:

and the investments in

The shares in the company were given to the existing shareholders.

1955 Acquired W. E. Bray and Co of Feltham, maker of loaders and earth moving equipment.[4]

1956 Subsidiaries included[5]:

1957 Subsidiary W. E. Bray and Co had developed a heavier 4-wheel drive vehicle; arrangement with Eickhoff of Bochum to produce a pan conveyor for coal mining; the Burlington process for centrifugal casting of long steel tubes had been introduced in 1953 and had made steady progress since then[6]

1957 Advance Motor Supplies Ltd was included in the list of subsidiaries[7].

1961 Colliery, mechanical and electrical engineers. Main products include haulage gears, cylinder liners, pistons, piston rings, circlips and components for the aircraft industry; quarry installations and tile presses; castings; chrome hardening and plating; machine tools and equipment; earth moving equipment; copper, bronze, iron and steel parts. 5,000 group employees. [8]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Pistons, rings etc. [9]

1975 Subsidiaries included[10]:

1979 GKN purchased Sheepbridge Group.[11].

1983 Under the Lazard scheme to reduce capacity in castings, the Sheepbridge foundry was closed.[12]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 09, 1949
  2. The Times, Oct 13, 1948
  3. The Times, May 09, 1949
  4. The Times, Dec 14, 1955
  5. The Times, Aug 22, 1956
  6. The Times, Sep 26, 1957
  7. The Times, Jun 21, 1957
  8. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  9. 1963 Motor Show
  10. Advertisement October 1975
  11. The Times, Apr 30, 1980
  12. Competition Commission report on William Cook, 1990