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W. N. Nicholson and Sons

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Name plate.
January 1906.
January 1906.
1930. Side delivery rake and swathe turner.
September 1947.

William Newzam Nicholson and Son (later Sons) of Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire

1825 Company formed

1870 Exhibitors at the 1870 Royal Agricultural Show (Oxford).[1]

1876 Exhibitor at the Smithfield Club Show with a vertical engine and boiler mounted on wheels [2]

1877 Awarded Silver Medal for their improved metal mill at the 1877 Royal Agricultural Show at Liverpool.[3].

1890 June. Royal Agricultural Society’s Disintegrator and Grist Mill Trials. [4]

1913 Produced a vertical hopper-cooled four-stroke i/c engine marketed as Bull Dog and available in petrol or paraffin forms and rated at 5 bhp.

1937 Agricultural and general engineers and boiler makers, malleable iron and steel founders. [5]

A small W. N. Nicholson 'true vertical' engine (crankshaft above cylinder) is in the collection of the Kerrisdale Mountain Railway in Australia. 4.5" bore, 6" stroke, 2 HP. Once installed at the Goulburn Brewery, NSW.[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1870/07/22
  2. The Engineer of 15th December 1876 p411
  3. The Engineer 1877/07/13
  4. The Engineer of 27th June 1890. p521
  5. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  6. International Stationary Steam Engine Society Bulletin, Vol 39, No. 2, Winter 2019