Mikeo, on 27 January 2012 - 10:11 PM, said:
How interesting about the pantographs! Does the book give the name and address of the builder? Does it state whether the machines were brought back into use?
In my last post I talk of "a stone's throw" ... well it's a little more than that because the Pumping Station was near Whitley Bridge, whereas Charles Jones, the stonemason, lived and had his premises in Cavendish Place at Cavendish Bridge Wharf. In fact, this stonemason may be a red herring because in the same location (Cavendish Bridge Wharf), there was also a builder, King and Son, and a Sand and Ballast Wharf (Manager Thomas Groves). There was a railway siding and stones may well have been brought into the Sand and Ballast Wharf as building materials.
Apologies for the delay in replying, Mikeo - I hadn't noticed your post until now.
The book doesn't identify the builder, unfortunately, or how many of the machines he had. (Though it's possible that the CWGC records or correspondence files might do so).
The machines were brought back into use, apparently. The book says that "in co-operation with an engineering contractor, the process was successfully adapted for mass production. Equipped with a high speed steel drill one machine could now carve four headstones in a day".
I was thinking that a builder wouldn't want the machines particularly. Their only purpose, I suppose, was to mark out blanks for the production of IWGC headstones and there was no requirement for these any more - hence the disposal of the machines in the first place. I wondered whether a builder might have bought a job lot of surplus material consisting of the machines (which he didn't particularly want) together with a quantity of unfinished/rejected headstones, which he might well be able to find a use for as building material. That's just a guess, however.
Edit - Liz was replying at the same time as me, I think. Her point about the possible confusion in the book between a builder's yard and a stonemason's yard is a good one.
Edited by Tom Morgan, 29 January 2012 - 08:52 PM.