the year 1772 the first suggestions of raising
water by means of a Hydraulic RAM were made by
John Whitehurst, but it did not become a practical
machine until Joseph Montgolfier, the French
inventor of the fire balloon, succeeded in 1796
in making an automatic RAM.
general principles involved have become the basis for
all the hydraulic RAMS since that time, although subsequent
improvements by Green and Carter have made them more
firms outing in 1906?
Charles Doble's (current
owner of G&C) father
is leaning on the front door with jacket over arm
(Click on picture to enlarge)
in the nineteenth century Mr James Easton purchased
Montgolfier's patent and introduced the machine into
England, also purchasing the fledgling hydraulic
RAM business of John Whitehurst and, as the founder
of Messrs. Easton & Amos (known at various times
as Easton, Amos & Anderson and as Easton, Courtney
& Darbishire), was responsible for the installation
of large numbers of these machines all over the British
Isles, in fact more than 1000 prior to 1860.
of Mr. James Easton - Click
acquired this old-established business in 1929, having
ourselves been actively engaged in the manufacturing
and installation of the well known Vulcan and Vacher
RAMs for well over 100 years.