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Woods and Co

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Machine at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings. Note: Carries the name Woods & Co and Woods ..... & Warner: Woods, Cocksedge and Warner?
The Woods horizontal engine.
Portable engine.
Vertical engine.
Vertical engine.
February 1899.
September 1902. Grinding Mills.
1903. Motor Binder.

Woods and Co of Suffolk Ironworks, Stowmarket.

1812 Established as a smithy by the proprietor James Woods

At a later stage Woods was joined by J. S. Cocksedge.

1860 Wood and Son exhibited various mangers

1862 Woods and Cocksedge made their first engine, a vertical single-cylinder engine.

1868 Became Woods, Cocksedge and Warner

1873 it was known as Woods, Cocksedge and Co.

1879 J. S. Cocksedge left the firm to set up Cocksedge and Co.

1881 Edmund Freeman Woods, an engineer, employed 75 Men & 15 Boys[1]

c1881 See Woods and Long.

1887 Known as Woods and Co.

1890 June. Royal Agricultural Society’s Disintegrator and Grist Mill Trials. [2]

1894 June. Royal Agricultural Society's Show. Three stone picking machines.

1896 The last engine was made and exhibited at the Smithfield Show.

1911 Employing c.100 hands[3]

1914 The works and goodwill were acquired by G. Thurlow and Son.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1881 census
  2. The Engineer of 27th June 1890 p521
  3. Proposal by Louis J Tibbenham to join I Mech E
  • The Engineer of 29th June 1894 p562
  • The Engineer of 6th July 1894 p16
  • Steam Engine Builders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1950 by The Augustine Steward Press