The Patent Shaft and Axeltree Company Est 1840
The companies origins can be traced
to around 1830
Re-named in 1959 to The Patent Shaft Steel Works
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LATEST NEWS: I have been informed
that the council own the gates.
"THE GATES HAVE
BEEN SAVED" click here:
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A little of it's History.
The Patent Shaft origins can be traced
to around 1830, when a new and improved type of axle was invented
Built up from rolled sections shaped like segments of an orange
and forged under a hammer, the axle was ideally suited to railway
rolling stock and, in 1840, the Patent Shaft and Axletree Company
was founded, to manufacture and market the product.
At that time, railway systems were developing rapidly all over
the world and the new company found considerable commercial
Expansions took place, culminating in 1867 - in the acquisition
of a neighbouring steel making business Lloyds, Foster and Company.
The greatly enlarged company was now engaged in the manufacture
of colliery engines, bridgework, turn tables, switches and crossings.
By the end of the century, resources included blast
furnaces, an axle and tyre mill, soaking pits, a cogging mill and
rolling mills for channels and plates.
Between the wars, it was decided that associate companies should
concentrate on fabricating and wagon building and the Patent Shaft
should specialise in the making and rolling of steel.
In 1951, the company was nationalised under the Iron
and Steel Act of 1949, but was returned to private ownership in
1956. The company was re-named the Patent Shaft Steel Works Limited
in 1959 and became a member of the Laird Group.
All that remains today are these battered gates below
which I am trying to save.
Did you know click here
Together we can save the gates.
If you feel like me
that our history is being eroded just like these gates then please
me to restore these gates and the history they stand for. WELL!!
Together it worked: click here.
have any comments, photos or maybe
a bit of history to add to this new website then please email
to the address below. I will
with your help to restore these gates and hopefully the memories
I would like to thank Chris Moriarty for running the article in
the Express & Star as I know it will be of great help in kick
starting the project.
I thank Chris and the newspaper again for keeping the
article alive as I have just heard that the gates are to be
repaired and re-sited.
NOTE: Patent Shaft
Between the 5th July to 16th August 2008 there
was a Patent Shaft & Axletree Company exhibition, which
was held at the Wednesbury Museum & At
reunion of ex-employees there
was a great turnout of workers families and friends. Many thanks
Lets hope we see another re-union one day.