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William Allchin

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1881. 7-Horse Fixed Engine.
1905. Rack bench.
September 1902.
January 1906.
December 1908.
February 1922. 5 ton with end-tipping body.
March 1922.

William Allchin of the Globe Works, Northampton were producers of Traction Engines and portable steam engines


The business was founded by William Loader Allchin

1847 The company started by building agricultural products. William' son William Allchin (1823-1905) joined his father in business

1853 Patent. '1009. William Allchin, of the firm of William Allchin and Son, of the Globle Steam Engine Works, Northampton, in the county of Northampton, Engineers, has given notice at the Office of the Commissioners, of his intention to proceed with his application for Letters Patent for the invention of "improvements in agricultural and other steam engines."[1][2]

1854 Mention of Allchin and Son, Engineers, Globe Works, Northampton.[3]

1855 Advertisement. Allchin and Son, Engineers, Millwrights and machinists, Globe Works. Six-horse Portable Steam Engine.[4]

1861 Employing 13 men and 8 boys.[5]

1862 Patent. '3209. And William Loader Allchin and William Allchin, of the Globe Works, Northampton, in the county of Northampton, Engineers, have given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in apparatus applicable to the superheating of steam."'[6]

1871 Employing 31 men and 5 boys.[7]

1872 Started traction engines and eventually built 220 of them

1874 Partnership dissolved. '... the Partnership subsisting between William Loader Allchin and William Allchin, of the Globe Steam Engine Works, Augustine-street, Northampton, Engineers, has been dissolved, as from the 31st day of December last. The business will in future be carried on by the said William Allchin alone...'[8]

1881 Employing 47 men and 8 boys.[9]

1888 Issued catalogue of Traction Engine, Portable Engines, Fixed Engines, Boilers, Mills, Pendulum Leather Roller, Last Turning Machine, Band and Circular Saws, Travelling Bench, Thrashing Machine and Straw Elevators. [10]

1900 June. Royal Agricultural Show at York. Showed two traction engines. [11]

1911 Smithfield Club Show. Exhibited a traction engine. [12]

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Steam Motor Wagons, Tractors and Ploughs etc. see the 1917 Red Book

1931 The company closed

List of Models

Built Reg No. Works No. Name
1890 AP 9081 699 Bess
1901. KE 1984 1173 Aquarius
1905 HR 5059 1311 Lena
1910. AY 9494 1499 Evedon Lad
1912. AP 9079 1546 Rebel
1914. EB 4938 1652 Little Mo
1925. NU 7483 3251 Royal Chester

See Also

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Sources of Information

  • Traction Engine Album by Malcolm Ranieri. Pub 2005