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
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
WIDENING LONDON BRIDGE; As reported in the New York Times 30th
A Work of Engineering and Historical Interest. A Granite
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,
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
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.
Hokkaido, the Northern island of Japan , Keith Eyles came across
a bridge on Lake Shikotsu which has a PS & AT brass nameplate
Bridge in Rio Nuevo Jamaica, WayneBishop drove
across an old hardly used iron bridge to a secluded beach a few
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.
Our history is being eroded just like these
gates, please help
me to restore these gates and the history they stand for.
have any comments or maybe a bit of history about the Patent
Shaft then please email to the address
below. I will
with your help to restore these gates and hopefully the memories