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W. J. Bates and Co

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1920 View of W. J. Bates and Co’s works, on display at Anson Engine Museum

W. J. Bates and Co of Victoria Ironworks, Denton, Manchester

1897 Company founded.

1900 June. Royal Agricultural Show at York. Showed a new oil engine [1]

1908 Their engines were built by J. Knight and Hale [2]

1917 Advert for gas engines [3]

1919 Advert for gas engines [4]

Became Bates and Scholes.

1920 Engine. 34 hp. Marked as Bates and Scholes also. Exhibit at Anson Engine Museum

1922 Patent No. 180,800 'Improvements in Oil Engines' issued to Walter Nevill Scholes and Herbert Reed Hall of Victoria Works, Denton [5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 22nd June 1900 p650
  2. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1996. ISBN 1 873098 37 5
  3. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p114
  4. Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p154
  5. 'The Engineer' 14th July 1922