The Bawden Machine Company Limited Page

 

Bawden Machine Company Limited, Toronto, Ontario

Bawden Industries Limited, Toronto, Ontario

Worr Foundry Company Limited, Toronto, Ontario

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Click the thumbnails to see a larger image of the ad above.

 

Click the icon to see a PDF document on Bawden from 1916.

 

Very little is known about The Bawden Machine Co. Limited. The company was founded in 1902 by Fred Bawden, Sr., and the President and General Manager was Roy D. Bawden. From 1902 to 1950 the company was known as The Bawden Machine Co. Limited. From 1951 to 1960 the company was known as Bawden Industries Limited. We believe that after 1960, the company was re-named or disolved. We discovered from Canadian patent number CA 246553, that they manufactured cores for tires in 1925. Taken from a 1951 ad, BAWDEN INDUSTRIES Ltd., 163 Sterling Road, Toronto, Ont. • Sump and sewage pumps, centrifugal pumps, and the full line of KERR fire hydrants, gate valves, indicator posts and service boxes.

The Bawden Company, in addition to their large machine shop, were sole owners of Worr Foundry Company Limited, and Petrie Brass Company Limited. Richard Worr, the manager of the Worr Co., 165 Sterling road, Toronto, Ont., died June 28, 1924, after a protracted illness. The company operated gray iron, brass and aluminum foundries.

It appears that Bawden made the TWW hydrant from around 1919 to the mid 1940's. They also made hydrants for the CNR that look identical to the TWW hydrants. It is possible that they stopped using the TWW hydrant design in 1945. Bawden Industries purchased the designs, patterns, jigs and fixtures as well as the manufacturing and sales rights of the Kerr Engine Co. Ltd in 1949. It was around this time that The Bawden Machine Co. Limited started to make a clone of The Kerr Engine Company model 102 hydrant. As a tribute to the former Engine Company, Bawden named their hydrant "The Kerr".

 

 
The TWW Style Hydrant

 

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Type 3

Front view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5"
Date: None
V.O.: Unknown
Height: 35"
Barrel circumference: 23

Type 3

Back view

Type 3

Side view

Type 3

Bonnet view

Cast on the top of bonnet:
The Bawden Machine Co. Toronto Canada.

6 bolt bonnet flange

 

Front view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5", 1x Blank pumper boss
Model: AKA the Rush hydrant
Date: 1919
V.O.: Unknown
Height: 35"
Barrel circumference: 23
Back view
Cast on the top of bonnet:
The Bawden Machine Co. Toronto Canada.

6 bolt bonnet flange

Bonnet view

The TWW hydrant model above also appears on the rock group Rush Signals album cover.

Why is there a fire hydrant on the Signals album cover?
"Well, I was given the word "Signals." It was such a broad concept that it was baffling for all of us. We really had trouble with that one, and I decided that, with such a phenomenally important word with the kind of potency it potentially had, to go with something really dumb, really inane. But something which would still tie in with songs such as "Chemistry," and the subdivision aspect of the fire hydrants, lawns, and neighborhood dogs." - Hugh Syme

In an effort to explain the Signals sleeve, Geddy states: "Well, we wanted the album to sound different and we also thought that the packaging should have a different feel. When we were talking about Signals, Hugh had this concept of taking the idea down to a basic human level - territorial or even sexual. So that's how the design with the dog and the fire hydrant came about. The little map on the back features make-believe subdivisions, with a lot of silly names and places. The red dots represent all the fire hydrants and basically the whole thing maps out a series of territories." - from Success Under Pressure.

Front cover of the Signals album. Close-up of front Back cover of the Signals album. Close-up of back Alternate back cover.

 


Front view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5", 1x 3"
Model#: Unknown
Date: 1928
V.O.: Unknown
Height: 35"
Barrel circumference: 23"

Back View

 

Bonnet view
Cast on the top of bonnet:
The Bawden Machine Co. Limited Toronto Canada.

6 bolt bonnet flange

 

 
Front view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5", 1x 3"
Model#: NYTWW
Date: Unknown
V.O.: Unknown
Height: 35"
Barrel circumference: 23"
Back view.
The NYTWW logo is only cast on the front of the hydrant. The back side is blank.
Side view

Bonnet view
The Bawden Machine Co. Limited Toronto Canada.

6 bolt bonnet flange

 

 
Front view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5", 1x Blank boss
Model#: NYTW
Date: Not dated
V.O.: Unknown
Height: 35"
Barrel circumference: 23"
Back view.
The NYTW logo is cast on the front and back of the hydrant.
Bonnet view
Cast on the top of bonnet:
The Bawden Machine Co. Limited Toronto Canada.

6 bolt bonnet flange

 

   
Front view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5", 1x 3"
Model#: YTWW
Date: 1920
V.O.: Unknown
Height: 35"
Barrel circumference: 23"
Back view.
The YTWW logo and the date is cast on the front of the hydrant. The back side is blank, except for the date 1920.
Side view

Bonnet view
Bawden Machine Co. Limited

6 bolt bonnet flange

 
The CNR Hydrant

Front view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5"
Model#: Unknown
Date: Unknown

Back view

Bawden also made this hydrant model for the Canadian National Railway. We do not have one of these in our collection. If you can help us obtain one, please contact us.

Bonnet view.

Cast on the top of bonnet:
The Bawden Machine Co. Limited Toronto Canada.

6 bolt bonnet flange

 

 

 
The Kerr model 102 Hydrant

 

 

The Kerr Engine Co. model 102 hydrants appear to be a clone of the Columbian Iron Works "One Piece Barrel" model hydrant. These models came in 4 1/4" and 5 1/4" sizes.

The Bawden Machine Co. Limited made a copy of the Kerr Engine Co. model 102 hydrant and they named their model "The Kerr" as a tribute to the former hydrant maker. You could say it is a clone of a clone.

 

Front view
Make: The Kerr
Nozzles: 2x 2.5"
Model#: 102
Date: 1949
V.O.: 4 1/4"
Back view
On Barrel: The Kerr, The Bawden Machine Co. Ltd. Toronto Ont, 4 1/4, No. 102

Bonnet view

6 Bolts in bonnet

 

Front view
Make: The Kerr
Nozzles: 2x 2.5"
Model#: 102
Date: 1950
V.O.: 4 1/4"
Back view
On Barrel: The Kerr, The Bawden Machine Co. Ltd. Toronto Ont, 4 1/4, No. 102

Bonnet view

6 Bolts in bonnet

 

These two hydrants are missing this weather cap.

These two hydrants are missing the proper nozzle caps. If you can supply us with one or more, please e-mail us. We have some generic style caps to trade for them if yours are still in use.

 

Front view
Make: The Kerr
Nozzles: 3x 2.5"
Model#:
Date: 1952
V.O.: 5 1/4"
Back view
On Barrel: <FM> The Kerr, Made By The Bawden Industries Limited, Toronto Ontario, 5 1/4, 150, 1952

Bonnet view

8 Bolts in bonnet

 

Please click the icons below to see PDF copies of the patent drawings for the Columbian Iron Works hydrant models.

US1717392 US0978385 US2019919 US2020365 US2100862 CA365232

 



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