The London Waterworks Hydrant Page

Stevens, Turner And Burns Foundry And General Manufacturing Co. Ltd, London, Ontario

Stevens Manufacturing Coy., London, Ontario

Stevens And Burns Co., London, Ontario

Stevens, Turner And Burns Co., London, Ontario

 

 

 
Mathews Patent Hydrant

 

If you have any info about this London, Ontario city spec hydrant, please let us know. All we know about this hydrant is what is written above. It is based on the Mathews Patent design hydrant and built by Stevens, Turner and Burns Co of London. In 1873, a young man by the name of Thomas Allin Stevens, just 23 years old, opened a plumbing shop with his partner William Turner on Richmond Street, in London, Ontario. Stevens was a skilled maker of brass valves, gauges and fittings.  In 1876, the business became Stevens, Turner and Burns, with the addition of James Burns, and their services were expanded to plumbing, gas fitting, and brass finishing.
When the municipal waterworks went out for tender in 1878, it was an opportunity for the small shop to think big. Competing with more than 120 tenders, Stevens, Turner, and Burns was awarded the job by the London Public Utilities Commission. They were paid $194,000 for the reservoir, hydrants, valves, pipes, and pipe laying. They worked hard for it, literally carving the waterworks out of the wilderness as they built London's very first reservoir, pump house, piping system and hydrant network.
By the early 1880s, the company was in the steam engine business. Their Western Empire portable steam engines were widely advertised in The Farmer's Advocate as early as 1880. The advent of the steam engine launched Stevens, Turner and Burns into a whole new venture. Engines were built in the foundry and machine shop on Richmond Street to power the waterworks that Stevens, Turner and Burns had installed just a little more than a year before. After that, the company turned to manufacturing steam engine powered farm machinery for the Canadian northwest.
In 1887, Stevens, Turner and Burns had their first taste of "branching out". Tom Stevens' oldest son, John, moved to Winnipeg and established The John Stevens Company, which sold the mobile steam engines and plumbing supplies in western Canada that his father's company manufactured in London, Ontario.
The operations of Stevens, Turner and Burns ceased in 1894.

 

Front view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5", 1x 4.5"
Model: Mathews patent
Date: Unknown
Back view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5", 1x 4.5"
Model: Mathews patent
Date: Unknown
Side view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5", 1x 4.5"
Model: Mathews patent
Date: Unknown
Bonnet view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5", 1x 4.5"
Model: Mathews patent
Date: Unknown

 

 
LW
City of London Waterworks logo on back of hydrant
Many of these hydrants had an operating nut weather cap on them.. For some reason our model does not have this weather cap. We are not sure if it was always like this, or if it had one and it was removed at one point.

We do not have one of these hydrants in our collection. We have included it here for historical reference only.
Front view
Nozzles: 2x 2.5"
Model: Mathews patent
Date: Unknown
This hydrant is from an unknown location.


Design downloaded from Free Website Templates
Free web design, web templates, web layouts, and website resources! Free CSS Templates