Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Daniel Adamsons

The Following was sent to us by Judith Hunt....

"I have attached a photo I found in my fathers possessions. I know it is of  men who worked in the office of D Adamsons .  My father Harry Helliwell is second on right in back row.  He started as an apprentice draftsman at the age of 14 and was the youngest amongst them. Sadly I do not know anyone else's names but maybe someone's else's father or grandfather is in the picture and can recognize them I am making a guess that the photo could be around early 40's

  My grandfather Charlie (Charles Helliwell) also worked for Adamsons for 50 years as a fitter and turner and on retirement received a gold watch engraved on the back. This is still in the family today and working well.  You do not see this kind of farewell gift  of thanks these days."

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From wikipedia

In 1851  Daniel Adamson established a small iron works in Newton, Cheshire, expanding it a year later by building a new foundry called the Newton Moor Iron Works on Muslin Street (now Talbot Road), between Hyde and Dukinfield. He specialised in engine and boiler making, initially following designs created by Hackworth, making and exporting the renowned "Manchester Boilers". Adamson was able to experiment with the newfound wealth from the worldwide export of these boilers which incorporated ring joints in the form of his patented Anti-Collapsive Flange Seam. He was also one of the pioneers of explosive forming used in the foundry process.[2]
In 1872 he designed and built the Daniel Adamson and Co factory, a new premises in Dukinfield next to Dewsnap Farm (off Dewsnap Lane), with its entrance on Johnsonbrook Road. This new works was approximately 1,000 yards (910 m) from the old foundry but the site was large and had enough spare land around it for any planned expansion.
He improved the design and manufacturing process (pioneering the use of steel and taking out 19 patents in the process) over the 36 years he was involved with boiler and other foundry manufacturing. When he died in 1890 the business employed some 600 people.
Adamson's other business interests included a mill building company in Hyde ('The Newton Moor Spinning Company'), the Yorkshire Steel and Iron Works at Penistone, the Northern Lincolnshire Iron Company at Frodingham, and large share-holdings in iron works in Cumberland and south Wales.

Many Thanks, Judith and Wikipedia :)
Much appreciated.

1 comment:

Lauren said...

This is a link to the Daniel Adamson Steam tug named after DA, http://www.danieladamson.co.uk/