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John West and Co

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of Union Street, Oldham

formerly West and Gregson

1858 Presumably became John West and Co after the death of Henry Gregson

1865 Business incorporated

Presumably at a later time was acquired by the Gas Meter Co who established themselves at West's works in Oldham.

1865 Incorporation (abbreviated)[1]

Directors: George Bate C.E.; Matthew Chambers Newton, Chambers and Co; Alfred Penny Wenlock Iron Works; Edward Solomons (Architect); Edward Taylor (Councillor).

Frederick Richards - Consulting Engineer

This Company formed for the purpose of purchasing and conducting, as joint-stock enterprise, the well-known Gas Meter Manufactory of the late John West (West and Gregson), of Oldham.

The works are the property of the proprietor, and cover a considerable area ground adjoining Union-street, Oldham. They are now full and Increasing operation, so that the Company will at once enter upon an established and very profitable business.

The manufactory was established about the year 1830, by the late John West’s father, upon whose death Mr Henry Gregson joined the firm, and the business was conducted under the name of West and Gregson. Mr Gregson and Mr. John West have since become deceased, and the present proprietor, Mrs. West, continues the business for herself and children.

Since the establishment of the works there have been 120,000 consumers’ meters manufactured and sold.

The firm has for many years hail the reputation being the best makers of station meters, and have produced the largest In the kingdom. They may seen at the gas works at London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool. Stockport, Bristol, Halifax, and many other places in England and Ireland.

The firm has also large foreign trade and connection, and has several large foreign contracts now hand.

The business has hitherto been confined exclusively to the manufacture wet meters, but the Company purpose, while extending and improving this business, add to it the manufacture of dry meters on the best principle, the patents for all of which have now expired. The firm has acquired by purchase Mr. Henry Bowen’s interest in his Patent Compensating Meter, the demand (or which is now rapidly increasing.

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Sources of Information

  1. London Evening Standard - Monday 23 January 1865