Ashmore, Benson & Pease Company Memorial Plaques, August 2018

The Ashmore, Benson & Pease Co., 1914 – 1918 memorial plaque from the Bowesfield Works. It reads:

“Lest We Forget”
To the enduring memory of comrades from these works, who gave their lives, in the Great War. 1914 – 1918
Appleby J, Evis P.C, Owen A, Branson F.A,  Foster C.E, Ramsey J, Brown E, Jackson E, Rowntree J.N, Clasper T.S, King J, Scott G.S, Craggs C.E., Martin W.H, Doughty H, O’Brien P.

Also nearby is the foundation/commemoration stone for South Works. It reads:

1873 – 1951
The Power Gas Corporation Ltd. Ashmore Benson & Pease Company
This stone commemorates the establishment of the South Works and was and was unveiled on the 14th July 1951 by Wilfred Beswick and Alfred Lonsdale

Both are in dubious condition and can be found in the car park of Jacobs office on Bowesfield.

Photographs and details courtesy of Alec Moody.

5 thoughts on “Ashmore, Benson & Pease Company Memorial Plaques, August 2018

  1. Ashmore, Benson and Pease & Company Ltd, Stockton on Tees (ABP) was registered on the 18 April 1885. The Directors purchased from the trustees of the former Ashmore and White, their ceased trading business of gasworks builders and engineers. The ABP Directors were: W. Ashmore, R. S. Benson. E. L. Pease, W. Whitwell, R. B. Benson, W. F. Pease, Darlington, coal owner, and J. Wright, Stockton-on-Tees. The purchase price for the assets transferred £7,415. 00, with the outstanding liabilities owed by the said Ashmore & White business to be paid, by them.

    In 1901 ABP, was absorbed by the Power-Gas Corporation which had been set up to acquire Mond’s patents and processes for the production of cheap heating gas. The Power-Gas Corporation acquired Ashmore, Benson, Pease and Co, to obtain their experience as manufacturers of gas plant and associated engineering work. In 1960, the corporate merger of Davy-United, Sheffield, and the Power-Gas Corporation Ltd took place, and the Ashmore, Benson & Pease subsidiary joined the Davy-Ashmore Ltd group. In 1968 Whessoe Engineering, Darlington, took over the steel fabrication part of the Ashmore, Benson, Pease and Company business. References:

    (1) Davy Company was established in Sheffield 1830, by Joseph Davy, David Davy and Dennis Davy, it built the first railway locomotive in Sheffield, for the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway.

    (2) Power-Gas Co Ltd, was set up by Ludwig Mond in the late 19th Century. The Power Gas process produced coal-gas by blasting air and steam through a bed of coal.

    (3) The Whessoe Company traces its origins back to an iron foundry shop founded in Darlington, 1790. The family business was inherited by William Kitching and Alfred Kitchin. Both William and Alfred Kitching were on the board of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, during their tenure the Whessoe company built several locomotives for the new N.E. railway company, including work for Timothy Hackworth, who designed the locomotive “Derwent”, now preserved as part of the National locomotive collection. The name ‘Whessoe Foundry’ is taken from the place name Whessoe, Darlington. From 1850 to 1890 the company expanded into the manufacture of steel structures, cranes, and gas works equipment.

    (4) E.L. Pease; Mr E L Pease should have been knighted or granted a peerage for the important work he undertook in the North East: The Stockton and Darlington Railway (S&DR), which opened in 1825, was the first permanent steam locomotive public railway. The line was initially built to connect inland coal mines to Stockton seaport, to enable cola to be loaded onto sea-going boats. A ‘Darlington-Stockton Railway Bill’ was presented to Parliament. Inspired by local wool merchant Edward Pease, the S&DR was authorised by Parliament in 1821. Although Edward Pease receives the main credit, he could not have done it without the support of other men. These included Leonard Raisbeck, Thomas Meynell, Thomas Richardson, William Flounders, Jonathan Backhouse, Treasurer and Francis Mewburn, the company solicitor. The bill also included provisions for transporting passengers though, at the time, they were regarded as little more than a sideline. Henry Pease, the son took over from his father the railway business they had played a leading part in creating.

    Bob Wilson, Five Lamps.

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  2. Thankyou for posting photograph of these WW1 memorials. I was interested to see one of the deceased was a J N Rowntree. My maiden name was Rowntree, my father was Arthur and my grandparents were Willy and Frances Rowntree, living in Stockton On Tees. They had a large family but unfortunately as my mother and father separated when I was a baby I do not know the names of his siblings. Thanks to this posting I will now be able to find J N Rowntree’s service record and see if he is a member of my family.

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    • Apologies I should have written J. H. Rowntree. What little I know about James Henry Rowntree, he was a Private in the 9th Battalion of Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was killed somewhere on the Somme on 16 Sept 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. His belongings were went to his widow Sarah Ann Rowntree (nee Hobby, married 1908). Hope this helps.

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  3. The top memorial stone was mounted in the Bowsfield Lane office canteen wall for many years until the offices were demolished a few years ago. Pity that they can’t be properly looked after and displayed. Preston Park Museum may be a better option than the Jacobs car park.

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