Building Trades’ Exhibition – 1882

The Builder Magazine reviewed the exhibitors at the Building Trades’ Exhibition held at the Agricultural Hall, London, in 1882, producing a supplement on 7th April 1883.

This supplement included the following review of the firm’s display:

Messrs. Messenger & Co. (Stand 237, S.E. Corner), of Loughborough, are exhibitors of horticultural buildings and heating apparatus, including a span conservatory 12 ft. by 10 ft., constructed on their patent system, the upright mullions or muntins being of cast-iron, screwed to a wood sill, and having ornamental bracket heads, to which are screwed the rafters, and which carry the plate; these bracket-heads have, in wide span houses, two lugs, one of which takes the wrought-iron tension rod, the other the principal j by means of this tension-rod and props a rafter 4 in. or 5 in. deep can be made as rigid as one 10 in. or 11 in. The roof is glazed with lead bars of the section of ordinary window lead, but of course very much stouter. This system has been adopted by Messrs. Messenger & Co. from among a large number of systems of glazing without putty, as, in their opinion, it fulfils the double demand of being both watertight and wind-tight, and prevents loss of heating power. The roof consists of rafters some 4 ft. or 5 ft. apart, which support purlins about 3 ft. apart; over these are laid the lead bars, from purlin to purlin, and the glass is pressed into the recess of the lead bar, which is first filled with putty, and another lead bar pressed to the glass to carry it on the other side ; the rest of the timbers of the roof, such as the ridge, end rafters, &c., are flashed with lead, so that the whole of the roof timbers are covered, not left exposed as in some systems of dry glazing which have been introduced. The front and roof ventilators open by means of lever tackle, one set opening the entire length of the house. Stages arc shown, on one aide of wood, on the other of cast-iron fronts and bearers, which carry strong slates. The heating arrangements consist of a No. 2 Patent “Loughborough” boiler and 2 to 3 in. pipes along the two sides and one end of the house. These boilers are now largely used for small houses of every description. The boiler is let into the front or side of the greenhouse, and the pipes are attached directly to it without the intervention of mains. A great saving in first cost is thus secured, as no sunk stoke-hole is necessary, nor any brick-setting. They also show their Nos. 1 and 3 “Loughborough” boilers. There are other sizes of these well-known boilers. No. 1 size will heat 50 ft. of 4-in. pipe, and No. 3, 200 ft. The smoke-flue can be either in front or on the top, as may be preferred. When on the top the house receives the heat from the flue-pipe, which is sometimes an advantage. The boilers are made with either 4-in., 3-in., or 2-in. sockets, or are drilled for wrought pipe. These boilers were awarded a silver medal by the Royal Horticultural Society last summer. Messenger & Co.’s harness-room boiler is an adaptation of their well-known patent Loughborough boiler, and is designed to supply a want for a boiler which can be placed in the harness-room, and at the same time heat a row of pipe in the coach-house, or elsewhere, and can also afford a supply of hot water. The boiler can be set either in a fire-place or stand out in the open. The sockets are placed either at the side or at hack, as may be most convenient for connecting the pipes. Their hall boiler is ornamental variety of the above, and is suitable for placing in a hall or ante-room, and can have either a coil or a row of pipes attached to it. The boiler is surrounded by ornamental iron panels. The top is covered by a marble slab, or may be formed by a perforated iron panel. A hot-water coil and coil-case, for warming buildings, &c., and Messenger & Co.’s full-way valves, are among the other exhibits at this stand. A word may be said for the “Loughborough” cinder-sifters, which are exhibited in four different sizes and makes.