Blackstone & Co

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Blackstone & Co Ltd
Industry Agricultural engineering, diesel engines
Fate Sold to MAN SE
Successor(s) Mirrlees Blackstone
Founded January 29, 1889 (1889-01-29)
Founder(s) Edward Blackstone
Headquarters Rutland Works, Stamford, Lincolnshire
Products Diesel engines
Parent Lister
Hawker Siddeley

Blackstone & Co. was a farm implement maker at Stamford, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom.

History[edit]

Edward Blackstone was born in 1851.[1] In 1877 he became a partner in Jeffery and Blackstone[2] This company became the limited company Blackstone & Co on 29 January 1889.

Diesel engines[edit]

In 1896 they built lamp start oil engines. By 1912 they had developed a new internal combustion engine that ran on vaporising oil and was fired by a spark. It did not need a hot bulb like most engines of the time. By 1919 they had mounted a 25 hp 3 cylinder version in a crawler tractor, which they built till 1925.

By 1929 they were building diesel engines for the Agricultural & General Engineers (AGE) group. Richard Garrett & Sons assembled some of these tractors. They were similar to an International 15/30. AGE collapsed in 1932.

Mergers[edit]

Lister Blackstone sign at the Anson Engine Museum with collection of engines

After the collapse of AGE, Blackstone & Co. continued as an engine builder and was taken over by R A Lister and Company in 1937 to form Lister Blackstone.[3]

Hawker Siddeley[edit]

R A Lister & Company was taken over by the Hawker Siddeley Group in 1965 and, in a later re-organisation, Lister became Lister Petter and Blackstone became Mirrlees Blackstone.

Closure[edit]

Mirrlees Blackstone were bought by MAN Diesel, along with the diesel businesses of the collapsed GEC, although little remains. The Stockport factory has been partly demolished and replaced with a new office and warehouse facility which still serves the aftermarket for spares and servicing of Lister Blackstone engines under the MAN Diesel & Turbo tagline. The Blackstone name lives on with the Blackstones F.C.. Bespoke engines can still be supplied by D F Coulam Ltd to special order www.dfcspares.com

Products[edit]

  • Marine diesel engines

See also[edit]

Blackstone potato digger
  • Examples of Blackstone engines can be seen at the Anson Engine Museum near Manchester.
  • An engine could be seen at the former Stamford Museum in Stamford, Lincolnshire. The museum also held an archive relating to the company.
  • BBC History of the World in 100 objects included a Blackstone Oil Engine [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edward Blackstone
  2. ^ Jeffery and Blackstone
  3. ^ Lister
  4. ^ [1] Blackstones Oil Engine at BBC History of the World in 100 objects

External links[edit]

Media related to Blackstone & Co at Wikimedia Commons