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The Patent Shaft and Axeltree Company Est 1840

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During our research we have uncovered the following information which I feel will place a different light on our campaign to save the Patent Shaft gates and I am sure surprise all that read the article.

Latest find:Bridge in Rio Nuevo Jamaica, Pictures taken by Wayne Bishop
Wayne drove across an old hardly used iron bridge to a secluded beach a few weeks ago.
took a picture of the plaque along with the bridge. Returned back to the US from vacation and did some research and found our website.

Bridge in Rio Nuevo Jamaica here are the pictures.

Pictures taken by Wayne Bishop 2014.

 

I do hope the Borough councilors who will be deciding the fate of the gates that so many have passed through, take a moment to appreciate the achievements that were made by the workers at the Patent Shaft Steel Works.

WIDENING LONDON BRIDGE; As reported in the New York Times 30th November 1902

A Work of Engineering and Historical Interest. A Granite Structure Over a Tidal Stream Enlarged Without a Moment's Obstruction to Large and Constant Traffic.The widening of London Bridge, now in progress, is an event of considerable importance to Londoners; it is also an engineering task of no little difficulty, especially as it has to be carried out without stopping the traffic. London Bridge has long been too small for the work it has had to do. The contractors for the steel work are Patent Shaft and Axletree Company of Wednesbury. The steel girders were put together on a large floating pontoon moored near the bridge.

CARTER BRIDGE NIGERIA

The only other 2 ft. 6 in.-gauge lines in Nigeria were the Lagos Steam Tramway and the Lagos Sanitary Tramway. The Lagos Steam Tramway was constructed carrying passengers and merchandise between the Island of Lagos and the mainland at Iddo, the terminus of the Nigerian Railway, then known as the Lagos Government Railway. The line crossed the old Carter Bridge , which was designed by Baker and Shelford, consulting engineers; the Patent Shaft & Axletree Company of Wednesbury, supplied the steelwork.

From Timbuktu to Ottakada.

The last - but not least - of Britain’s bridge builders noted in Ceylon is the West Midlands based fabricator and engineering workshop Patent Shaft and Axletree Co. Founded in 1838 the firm, was based in Wednesbury, and it managed to survive until 1980. Its products can be seen extensively in India, Burma, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Australia, South America and Ceylon. No finer, nor more idyllically sited, tribute to this premium bridge builder can be found than the single 75ft-span near Ottakade erected 1893. The firm also supplied two small spans to cross the Pussalla River about five miles from Padukka, a large water tower for Homagama Station in 1901, and the six huge spans which carry a road bridge over the Kalladi River at Batticaloa in 1924.

PRATTS BRIDGE

Pratts Bridge carries the main A34 road over the Wyrley and Essington Canal just about midway between Walsall and Bloxwich. In the early '30s it was rebuilt when the old tram lines were taken up. The plaque on the main girder says that it was built by Patent Shaft and Axletree Co. Wednesbury 1935.

JAPAN

Hokkaido, the Northern island of Japan , Keith Eyles came across a bridge on Lake Shikotsu which has a PS & AT brass nameplate on it.

JAMAICA

Bridge in Rio Nuevo Jamaica, WayneBishop drove across an old hardly used iron bridge to a secluded beach a few weeks ago.
took a picture of the plaque along with the bridge. Returned back to the US from vacation and did some research and found our website.

The United Kingdom has the largest number of transporter bridges today with four, though one is not currently in use.

 

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Our history is being eroded just like these gates, please help me to restore these gates and the history they stand for.

If you have any comments or maybe a bit of history about the Patent Shaft then please email to the address below. I will endeavor with your help to restore these gates and hopefully the memories they represented.

 

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