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T. C. Darby

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1899. The Darby Land Digger.
The Darby Digger built by W. and S. Eddington.

of Pleshey, Essex.

of Stileman's works, Wickford.

1858 Thomas Churchman Darby patented a horse hoe.

1862 Established a small works and smithy in Pleshy, nr Chelmsford.

1877 Produced their first land digger with the larger parts made by W. and S. Eddington.

1877 Built a steam digger and persevered with the design until the end of the century but was not successful.

1880 Produced another land digger but with parts from J. and H. McLaren.

c.1890 Gained a 10-year extension of his steam digging patent[1]

Mr Steevenson of the failed Eddington and Steevenson joined the company.

1895 By this date 20 diggers had been made.

1898 Thirty diggers made by this date.

1900 The new Stileman's Works acquired at Wickford.

Formed the Darby Land Digger Syndicate of London to handle sales.

Later became Sidney C. Darby (Wickford).

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1891/06/26
  • Steam Engine Builders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1950 by The Augustine Steward Press