Milling journals of the past. The British Engineering Works of Mr Charles Hopkinson at Retford in Nottinghamshire

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    Cookson, Mildred M [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2017 February

    Medium Digital

    Repair & construction of mills > Engineers and millwrights


    Scope & contentThe August 3rd 1885 issue of the Miller reports a visit to the Bee Hive Works of Mr Charles Hopkinson, millwright and engineer. The workshops covered nearly four acres with a spacious courtyard in the middle. They were entirely self-sufficient and within their walls their roller mill plants were made and finished, “providing all that was needed for every part of a modern flour mill”.

    Passing through the main entrance and the cluster of offices one would walk into the courtyard which featured a railway line allowing the pig iron and other raw materials to enter the works, leaving later as highly finished machinery. This workshop railway siding linked directly with both the Great Northern and Midland, Sheffield and Lincoln lines, allowing railway trucks to be run right into the works. As they passed in and out, all trucks were weighed with their loads on a weigh-bridge, which stood at the very end of the works shown in the engraving…Read more.


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