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A History of Gardners

Lawrence Gardner first went into business in 1868 as a 'machinist'. His brass plate proclaiming 'L Gardner Machinist' was then screwed to the wall of four houses in Upper Duke Street Manchester. Gardners workshop is situated in the cellar that was shared by the four properties. Installing equipment in the cellar workshop was a little problematical! A 10 1/2 inch lathe and an 8 foot boiler had to be lowered through the trapdoor in the pavement by attaching ropes and pulleys to planks that were pushed out of a bedroom window above.

Lawrence and his wife occupied one of the four cottages and the other three were tenanted out in order to help meet the overall rent costs. When his tenants defaulted with the payments, the landlord threatened to sell off his workshop equipment to get the money. Lawrence Gardner then took out a building society loan to buy the properties - at a weekly repayment of 31 shillings and 6 pence.

Remanufactured Gardner engines

L. Gardner and Sons ceased production of new engines in the early 1990s. The introduction of emissions regulations for road-going Gardner diesels would have required the development of significantly modified or totally new engine designs, and in the marine market there was a shift away from big, low-speed, high-torque engines such as Gardners towards adapted high-speed automotive turbodiesels.

Two spin-off firms from the original company are still in existence. Gardner Marine Diesels overhauls, re-manufactures and installs a wide range of marine-spec Gardners and both they and Gardner Parts Limited supply genuine Gardner engine parts for all types of engine worldwide. Another firm Gardner Enthusiast Ltd are manufacturing piston rings, engine valves and major engine castings, including marine manifolds for the 8LXB. Gardner Enthusiast Ltd also supply engine casting to Gardner Parts Ltd.


6LX Engine Drawings

Outline drawings showing basic dimensions 6LX type engine and No. 2U.C. reverse gear with direct drive, also 2:1 or 3:1reduction gears.


To be continued...

Thanks to David Whitehead for information gleaned from his book "Gardners of Patricroft 1868 - 1968" Published for L. Gardner and Sons Ltd. By Newman Neame Ltd. A member of the Pergamon Group. The text on this page is a précis form of the content of the book copyrighted to L. Gardner and Sons Ltd. 1968. Apologies to L. Gardner and Sons Ltd.