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Williamson Brothers

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January 1866.
April 1870.
Williamson Bros water turbine at Gayle Mill

Williamson Brothers of Canal Iron Works, Kendal.

Makers of water turbines

William Williamson (2) and Benjamin Williamson

1856 Started making vortex turbines to Prof James Thomson's patent

1860 Exhibited Professor Thomson's water turbines; also showed several fixed engines

1861 Employing 67 men and 13 boys.[1]

1861 Exhibited at the Royal Agricultural Society of England meeting in Leeds - exhibited portable steam engines, threshing machines, patent vortex turbine, pumps, etc[2]

1871 Employing 64 men and 21 boys.[3]

1881 Employing 40 men and 21 boys.[4]

1881 Williamson Brothers purchased by Gilbert Gilkes and became Gilbert Gilkes and Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1861 Census
  2. The Farmer's Magazine, 1861
  3. 1871 Census
  4. 1881 Census