The Anson Engine Museum
is situated on the site of the old Anson colliery in Poynton
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. It is the result of years of work by Les Cawley and Geoff Challinor who began collecting and showing stationary engine
A stationary engine is an engine whose framework does not move. It is normally used not to propel a vehicle but to drive a piece of immobile equipment such as a pump or power tool. They may be powered by steam; or oil-burning or internal combustion engines....
s for a hobby. When the number and size of engines they collected increased, they decided to start a museum. A charitable trust was formed and work began on the first building in 1986. The museum first opened to the public in 1989. For many years it opened only on odd days and times to suit their hobby and the small number of visitors that dropped in to see the collection. In July 2002 Les Cawley died and Geoff Challinor dedicated himself to making the museum into an attraction that would bring visitors from around the world – The Anson Engine Museum.
Among the earliest engines are the original number 1 engines built by Crossley
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. Manchester became predominant in the development and manufacture of stationary engines, and by the 1900s, there were over 20 engine makers in existence within 20 miles of the museum.
Mirrlees Bickerton and Day, in Hazel Grove
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, concentrated on developing the light and heavy oil diesel engine and L Gardner and Sons Ltd of Patricroft become known the world over for their role in bringing the small high-speed, quality diesel engines to the industrial and marine markets and Crossley Brothers in Oppenshaw took up Nicolaus Otto
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and Langen patents. Local manufacturers are the prime focus of the museum exhibits.
Today the museum has one of the largest collection of engines in Europe and attracts stationary engine enthusiasts from around the globe. Over the past few years it has picked up awards
for its displays, volunteers and for some of the engines.
Among the top attraction engines are:-
- Largest running example of Crossley Atmospheric gas engine;
- Award Winning, original L Gardner and Sons Ltd L series engine along with Engineering Heritage Hallmark Scheme (EHHS) plaque from Institution of Mechanical Engineers
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- Oldest diesel engine in the UK - Mirrlees No1;
- Original Crossley No1 engine;
- Steam engine area with a Stott cross-compound mill engine and a Fowler beam engine;
- Very rare Griffin 6-stroke engine;
- Heritage Award from Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers for the "Rattling Monsters" section of the museum ;
- Rare Atkinson cycle
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- Crossley over-hung crank;
- Hugon gas engine;
- 63 ton Ruston & Hornsby used at Ealing Studios
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