John Musgrave & Sons

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John Musgrave & Sons
Industry Engineering
Founded 1839
Headquarters Bolton
Number of locations
Globe Ironworks
Products Stationary steam engines, Triple- and quadruple-expansion engines, No-dead-centre engines
Owner John Musgrave & Sons

John Musgrave & Sons was a company that manufactured stationary steam engines. It was founded in 1839 by John Musgrave and his son, Joseph, at the Globe Ironworks, in Bolton, historically in Lancashire, England.

In 1854 the company supplied a twin cylinder horizontal winding engine, and in 1861 a single cylinder pumping engine to Chanters Colliery in Hindsford.[1] Musgraves supplied winding engines to Wheatsheaf Colliery in 1868,[2] Mosley Common Colliery in 1870,[3] Brackley Colliery in 1879,[4] Gin Pit Colliery in 1884, [5] and Nook Colliery in 1913.[6]

The company produced steam engines during the 19th century and between 1899 and 1908 produced 504 large steam-driven engines for textile mills in Lancashire.[7] The company produced engines and equipment for the coal mining industry and built a boilerworks in Westhoughton in 1900 to produce Lancashire boilers. The Westhoughton works were subject to a chancery court judgement and sold in 1912 leading to the formation of John Musgrave and Sons (1913) Ltd. which kept the Globe Ironworks. The company produced munitions during World War I.[8]

The business closed in 1926; its drawings and patterns were taken over by W & J Galloway & Sons.[9] A final notice of winding-up was published on 11 March 1927.[10]

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  1. ^ Hayes 2004, p. 40
  2. ^ Hayes 2004, p. 132
  3. ^ Hayes 2004, p. 129
  4. ^ Hayes 2004, p. 130
  5. ^ Hayes 2004, p. 128
  6. ^ Hayes 2004, p. 127
  7. ^ Hills 1993, p. 244
  8. ^ Townley 1994, pp. 63–64
  9. ^ Hills 1993, p. 267
  10. ^ "No. 33256". The London Gazette. 11 March 1927. p. 1635. 


  • Hayes, Geoffrey (2004), Collieries and their Railways in the Manchester Coalfields, Landmark, ISBN 1-84306-135-X 
  • Hills, Richard Leslie (1993), Power from Steam: A History of the Stationary Steam Engine, Cambridge University Press, p. 244, ISBN 9780521458344, retrieved January 2009  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  • Townley, C. H. A.; Appleton, C. A.; Smith, F. D.; Peden, J. A. (1994), The Industrial railways of Bolton, Bury and the Manchester Coalfield, Part One, Bolton and Bury, Runpast, ISBN 1-870754-32-8 
  • Halton, Maurice J. "The Impact of Conflict and Political Change on Northern Industrial Towns, 1890 to 1990, " MA Dissertation, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Manchester Metropolitan University September 2001 (PDF; 326 kB)

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