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Timothy Bates and Co

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1870.
1871.
1879. Compound engines at the J. Brinton and Co factory made by T. Bates.
1880.
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Water-driven fulling mill at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
Detail of water-driven fulling mill at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Timothy Bates & Co. of Bank Foundry, Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire.

1786 Founded by Timothy Bates.

1834 the founder’s grandson, Joseph Pollit, ran the company.

1849 Water-driven fulling mill at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum has 'T B & Co. Bank Foundry' on the frame casting, making it likely that Timothy Bates & Co were the makers. See photos

1861 Beam engine at Bowers, Roebuck and Co‘s Glendale Mill, New Mill, Nr Holmfirth.[1]

1862 Joseph Pollit bought the company

1864 600 HP double beam engine for Brick Lane Mill, Bradford[2]

1865 Pollit was joined by Eustace Wigzell.

1867 Patent by Atwood Wigzell and Eustace Wigzell, of the firm of Timothy Bates and Co., of Sowerby Bridge, in the county of York, Engineers and Millwrights, in respect of the invention of " improvements in or applicable to Juckes' furnace."[3]

1873 Patent by Eustace Wigzell and Joseph Pollit, Engineers, of the firm of Timothy Bates and Co., Sowerby Bridge, in the county of York, in respect of the invention of "improvements in steam generators or boilers."[4]

1874 Patent by Eustace Wigzell and Joseph Pollit, of the firm of Timothy Bates and Companv, of Sowerby Bridge, in the county of York, Engineers, and William Mellor, of Sowerby Bridge aforesaid, Engineer, in respect of the invention of "improvements in metallic packings for pistons, and in the machinery or apparatus to be employed in the manufacture of such packings."[5]

1874 Patent by William Mellor, Mechanic, Eustace Wigzell, and Joseph Pollit, Engineers, all of Sowerby Bridge, in the county of York, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for rigging, pressing, and cutting fabrics."[6]

1881 600 HP tandem compound engine for Rouse and Co worsted spinning mill, Bradford, with belt drive from flywheel[7]

1892 the company became Pollit and Wigzell

Notes

Stationary engines. [8]

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Sources of Information

  1. ‘The Textile Mill Engine, Part 1’ by George Watkins: Landmark Publishing Ltd.
  2. ‘Steam Engine Research Resources’ written and published by Stanley Challenger Graham on LULU.com, 2009: ISBN 978-1-4092-9009-4
  3. London Gazette 7 Januray 1868
  4. London Gazette 16 Sept 1873
  5. London Gazette 14 July 1874
  6. London Gazette 17 July 1874
  7. 'The Engineer' 29th July 1881
  8. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  • [1] Markham Grange website