Beyer, Peacock & Co.

Gorton Foundry

Early History

A Brief Background

Formed in 1854, the company cast their manufacturer’s plates as “Beyer, Peacock & Co., Gorton Foundry, Manchester” with the relevant date of manufacture. The company was established for the manufacture of steam locomotives and plans for the buildings to be erected were still being considered as late as December 1853 yet by May 1854 Charles Beyer wrote in his notebook “we remove today to our new offices in Gorton”.

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Building Drawings 1854

Drawings

Architectural Drawings

Recently produced drawings laid out in a style similar to current architectural drawings and while carefully drawn up are for historical interest rather than architectural accuracy.

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Early Locomotive Drawings

Locomotive Drawings  

Charles Beyer was instrumental in his former employment at Sharp Roberts in introducing to the locomotive manufacturing industry proper engineering drawings and set new standards at a time when drawings were often presented as rough chalk sketches.

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Gorton Foundry Images

3D Images

Several eras are to be modelled in 3D with the aim of representing the staggering growth of the company in a more tangible manner than simply by words only.

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Artistic Impressions

Artistic Impressions

Event

Date

Company Formed

1854

Charles Geach Dies

1854

New Partner H. Robertson

1854

First Order

1854

Animated fly throughs of the Gorton Foundry as it might have appeared in first guise circa 1854 shortly after construction. The foundry expanded dramatically and construction continued for many years after the formation of the company. In the first few years, every month must have seen the addition of new buildings.

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Videos - Site fly-throughs