Hick Hargreaves & Co. Ltd.

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Year: 1900         Item #: 978         Views: 10,522         Comments: 3

Hick Hargreaves & Co. Ltd.

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Benjamin Hick, mechanical engineer and William Hargreaves firm "Hick, Hargeaves & Co." was based at the Soho Foundry in Bolton, Lancashire.
Source: Personal Collection of David Devine, Wigan

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Comments by Ruth on 28th September 2008  r.lovelock@yahoo.co.uk 

My father was a nightwatchman in the 60s and I remember we used to go to the christmas parties that were laid on for workers children.

Comments by Mrs. Susan Kirby on 22nd August 2007  suemarycan@netscape.net 

I am extremely glad that the company lasted so long, as I am a distant relative of Benjamin Hick's wife. Her name was Elizabeth Routledge. Elizabeth was the sister of Joshua Routledge, inventor of the Engineers Improved Slide Rule, as well as a steam engine which was patented. Joshua was my maternal great-great-grandfather.
I was wondering if you could supply any more information on John Hick as well as his brother.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this site and all the amazing information herein.

Comments by Tom Sheriff on 1st July 2007  tomsheriffsenior@hotmail.co.uk 

This is a large crankshaft being machined, a large temporary balance weight has been fitted to even out the turning moment. This appears to be a crank shaft for a two cylinder simple expansion rolling mill engine destined for an iron works. The worm and wheel for turning the shaft while it is being machined can be seen in the centre of the photograph, this is a very large crankshaft and was probably too big to fit on any of the lathes in the works, it appears to be a temporary "lash up", to do the job. to the extreme right of the photograph a screw cutting machine can be seen in the background.

Hick Hargreaves manufactured steam reciprocating engines for all applications, and later steam turbines and diesel engines, the are still in the business of manufacturing vacuum pumps.