Neil Bennett has given a number of talks on Merryweathers - the Greenwich based fire engine manufacturers. He has also given information and advice to numerous enquirers and has been a great source of knowledge. He has recently sent us a 'time line' of Merryweathers - and we give the first part of this below, together with Fire Engine America from the Merryweather catalogue.
MERRYWEATHER & SONS, STEAM: FIRE ENGINE MAKERS
Merryweather and Sons Time-line
c. 1690 or 1692 - Nathaniel Hadley. ‘Cross Street’ London. Manufacture of small manual pumps, leather fire buckets etc.
1750– Adam Nuttall started a company in Long Acre building manual fire pumps.
1823 – Hadley & Simpkin at 63 Long Acre listed as Engine Makers.