The MCBO Blog

A problem resulting from the findings of a boiler inspection last autumn has brought a happy conclusion for the trustees of Bancroft Mill at Barnoldswick.

Bancroft Mill's Cornish BoilerDuring the Spring of 1997, boilermakers from H.A. McEwen (Boiler Repairs) Ltd replaced the entire bottom shell plates of Bancroft Mill’s 1912-built Cornish boiler. This resulted from the boiler inspector condemning the underside of the boiler shell and also requesting extensive specialist welding repairs (reclamation of wasted metal by welding) on the furnace tube. This work was undertaken at McEwen’s Farling Top Works in North Yorkshire. During the ensuing 14 years, since the boiler was reinstalled and returned to providing steam for the William Robert’s cross compound mill engine, the insurance inspector’s 12-monthly general examination of the boiler, and particularly the underside of the shell plates, had revealed no problems.

H.A. McEwen Boiler Repairs Ltd is currently celebrating 40 years of service to industry and the heritage movement – and under the new management of Alasdair McEwen, the company continues to produce fine examples of the boilermakers craft, both at its workshop in North Yorkshire and around the UK.

Crofton Pumping Station's Historic Lancashire BoilerCrofton Pumping Station, nr Malborough, Wiltshire came to McEwen’s in 2007 when their society’s insurance surveyor uncovered some severe waste to rivet heads in the combustion chamber of their Lancashire boiler.