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Pressure Increasers

(This is an element of ‘Technical‘)

Gas Engine Press Incr Sept 1908 25 25 275  Hot Air Eng Press Incr Sept 1908 close 25 25 275

Two ‘Pressure Increasers’ – On the left a gas engine and on the right a hot air engine. Sometimes seen at steam engine rallies’ these little engines were used to improve the gas supply in commercial buildings and because they rotate quite slowly they will last almost for ever! (September 1908 catalogue)

This hot air engine was found in the basement of a Woolworths Store in South Wales that was being closed many years ago. It had been in service providing an increase in pressure for gas lighting which most Woolworths used. The nameplate gave the owners the clue to contact the company and it was returned!

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The background to the site is a modern picture of Westminster, the ‘home’ of William Sugg for so many years. It was taken from the roof of The House of Lords during a visit by the Heritage Group of CIBSE in 2004 and centres on Westminster Abbey. The header carries a woodcut of ‘Vincent Works’, the Sugg factory, which might well have been visible from this vantage point. William used this on one of his letter heads. The first and oldest logo also shows the intimate connection with Westminster as it carries the Westminster portcullis with the inscription ‘en avant’ – ‘in advance’. The second logo replaced the earlier one around 1920 and was used right the way through the century until the ‘modern’ era when the ‘flame’ logo was applied to the new era of gas heating equipment with the new factory in Crawley.

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