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Stothert & Pitt: Cranemakers to the World

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We have free parking and buses from Bath, Bristol and Keynsham stop at the lights about 20 yards from the green. In 1837, Henry Stothert, brother of the younger George, set up an ironworks in Bristol, first as Henry Stothert & Co., then, joined by Edward Slaughter, Stothert, Slaughter & Co. Slaughter had earlier formed Slaughter & Co. at his Avonside Ironworks, later and better known as Avonside. This works produced some substantial iron engineering including a swivel bridge over the river Frome, several of the first engines for Brunel's Great Western Railway and the Bristol and Exeter Railway, as well as 14 engines for the Brighton and South Coast Railway. Stothert & Pitt moved from Bath to Bristol in summer 2008 to the Bradman Lake offices on Yelverton Road in Brislington, Bristol. Bradman Lake moved again in 2019 to Unity Road, Keynsham taking Stothert & Pitt with them. Supplied six 25-ton capacity cranes to Fougerolle Frères of Paris for port construction in Morocco. These were steam-powered rail-mounted cranes weighing 95 tons, with a 37 ft jib. [20] Bath Western Riverside Overview". Bath Western Riverside Construction News. Crest Nicholson . Retrieved 20 July 2022.

It adds: "Stothert & Pitt closed in January 1989, bringing to an end a celebrated commercial enterprise which was a major employer in Bath." Historic England. "Newark Works (ex Stothert and Pitt)(Grade II) (1395130)". National Heritage List for England. TCN says when this is completed it will provide a creative campus with a mix of units to suit 40-50 small and medium size companies. Where some other manufacturers have struggled to retro-fit hydraulic conversions to old style rollers, we prefer to leave it to these two global companies who have spent millions in R and D making their rollers bulletproof enough to survive life in the construction industry.A key part of Bath’s Enterprise Zone, Bath Quays South will offer spaces for the digital, technology and creative companies who can deliver the right type of jobs for Bath’s economic future. This grant has been matched by the Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society, and the Trust that owns the crane. So we now have the funds to treat the metal components so it lasts another 150 years. The crane was gifted to Bath & North East Somerset for the people of Bath by its previous owners the Bath Stone Quarry Museum Trust, founded by the late David Pollard, owner of Hartham Park Quarry and a historian. During its working life the crane was used at Pictor`s Wharf near the Great Western Railway and at Clift Quarry on Box Hill.” Once the decision had been made with regards to whom we would be dealing with, a decision had to be made as to which roller to buy. We were moving from an Auto Roller that had served us well for 41 years. Eric gave us three options - a replacement Auto Roller, a Stothert and Pitt, or his new 'Swillington Supreme' - Eric offered his own opinions based on his vast experience. The topic was then discussed at length with the rest of the team at King Williams College - we made a joint decision that the 'Swillington Supreme' was the roller for us, this based on many factors, first and foremost the Health and Safety compliance of the machine, which is now a fundamental part of the process when identifying any new machine for all groundsman nowadays. We also liked the ease of use, access to all components for ease of maintenance, ease of getting on and off the machine, and also the ease of effective and thorough cleaning, which is a critical, but often overlooked factor - these points are what I like to call the 'usability points', and I always factor these in when looking at any machine.

The team is delighted to announce that we have received an offer of grant from the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA). The AIA is a nationwide society that gives grants to assist in the preservation and restoration of the remains of the industrial past. The AIA has supported the study, preservation and presentation of industrial heritage in Britain since 1973. More information can be found at https://industrial-archaeology.org The four Stothert and Pitt Cranes on Prince’s Wharf are listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons: Advert. Designers and makers of electric, steam and diesel cranes, concrete mixers, road making and quarry plant. excavators, ship's windlasses, winches and capstans etc. [27]

The 16-month build programme commenced in late-August and it is scheduled to be completed and ready for businesses to move in by December 2021.

Its condition is very poor and it is currently being restored by a group of volunteer experts, led by Peter Dunn and Arthur Feltham, former Stothert and Pitt service engineers. The trustees of the Bath Stone Quarry Museum Trust have expressed a willingness for the restored crane to be erected in Bath. representative of the output of Stothert and Pitt of Bath, leaders in the industry in the C19 and C20, internationally. Engineering is in Eric's blood. His father worked at Fowlers in the days when this whole area of Leeds was dedicated to engine manufacture, housing not only Fowlers, but Greens, McLaren's and Hunslets. "Dad was a part of it," says Eric. Once the war started, Mr. Smith senior became part of the effort to keep up moral. "I grew up on the fairgrounds of Lancashire and Liverpool. Most of them had shut down, and it was important to keep the ones that were left running. Dad was their resident engineer," Eric explains. "I went to any number of different schools." After much searching for suitable photos I've been unable to find any additional clear photos of the coaler; albeit plenty of distance fuzzy shots!

Along with individual units there will be a range of meeting areas, break out facilities, and amenities to engender a collaborative and inspiring environment. Mr Claude M. Toplis who was for the past fourteen years chief engineer resigned. Major E. G. Fiegehen was the remaining partner. [21] We encourage all members to play in our teams but there is no pressure to do so and if you prefer to play social games that is just fine.

Stothert & Pitt - The Rise and Fall of a Bath Company (Millstream Books 2007), John Payne, ISBN 978 0 948975 79 0 A year after the move, Eric, with the help of his eldest son Simon, began work on his new roller. "I thought, I'll just get myself together and I'll make something," he recalls. Goliath cranes, sometimes called portal cranes, are similar to overhead travelling cranes, but instead of running on rails at high level, or on a free standing gantry structure, they run on rails on the floor. One of the advantages of a goliath crane is that the absence of support gantry rails can save money. One of the Melbourne Station Pier cranes, was reinstalled as part of the heritage interpretation scheme for the pier. [35]


Mike Atherton and the team at King Williams College would like to offer their thanks to Eric and Marlene Smith of Swillington Rollers. We enter league competitions as arranged by the Somerset Bowls association and organise friendly matches against local clubs. Our fixtures include men's, ladies' and mixed matches. Stothert & Pitt - Cranemakers to the World' by Ken Andrews and Stuart Burroughs, Tempus Publishing, 2003 & 2011, p.77 The health of the 2 partners worsened; the company was incorporated as a Limited Company with Mr Stothert as chairman; he remained in this position until his death.

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