Crane spotting

Every proud Bathonian should know we used to have an industry that made its presence felt on docksides around the world.


To quote  Ken Andrews and Stuart Burroughs – authors of the book “Stothert and Pitt: Cranemakers to the World” :

“When Stothert & Pitt announced, in January 1989, the closure of its engineering works, 580 local people lost their jobs and the city of Bath lost its single largest manufacturer.


For over 250 years the heavy engineering and metalworking business had employed local people (over 2,000 in 1945) and supplied a wide variety of products from bedsteads to boilers and cement mixers to cranes.

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The 1904 Stothert and Pitt steam crane at Western Riverside

Today, when Bath is renowned for an ‘industry-free’ elegance, refined and displayed for tourists, this opportunity to remind us that heavy industry has played its part in the city’s evolution could not be more timely.

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The sign on the side of the preserved crane at Western Riverside.

In 1980 the director of the Science Museum claimed that the work of Stothert & Pitt, as a supplier of heavy engineering across the world, was Bath’s greatest contribution to world history.”

So it’s always a pleasure to hear when someone from the area has spotted a Stothert and Pitt crane on their travels.


Dave Pippard writes: “I’m just back from Greece and took this photo in Thessaloniki.


Not used any more but looks majestic, like something out of Star Wars, on the seafront.”

Another sighting in Bermuda. The following appeared on Twitter.

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While my old mate (and former HTV West cameraman) John Bennett points out the company had a slightly ‘darker’ past.

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I had a look on that website.

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Thanks John!