Shoe Factory Engine
Our original family business was
shoemaking and as a result motive power had to be supplied to
the factory to power the machinery and provide electricity. A
24 B.H.P National Heavy Oil Engine was employed to provide this
power. This engine replaced an earlier town gas engine of unknown
make. Unfortunately the National was scrapped many years ago,
the engine house now forming part of a goods store for the local
Below is a promotional postcard which
was recently discovered. This was issued by National to promote
the efficiency and reliability of their engines.
It can be seen that the new engine
saved £136 per annum in running costs, repaying the initial
investment in three years.
Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.
24 B.H.P National Type CR Cold
Start Heavy Oil engine.
9" Bore x 17" Stroke.
Approx 2000 Type CR engines produced
between 1923 and 1929.