Albany Engineering

Albany Engineering

Garnett St, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD3 9HB

AboutAlbany Engineering

Albany Pumps makes a wide range of standard, customised and specialised positive displacement pumps in the UK. Albany Pumps is an employee owned British manufacturer established in 1901. We have Albany representatives spread worldwide who will be able to help you in finding your perfect solution. If you require an external gear pump, a twin screw pump or an internal lobe pump, we think you’ve found the right place.

Employee-owned, British manufacturer

Albany became an employee-owned company in 2015 thereby adding lifelong stability to our British heritage. We are very proud of our long associations with some of the world’s leading companies and our position on the supplier lists of these companies allowing supply of all types of pumps in addition to our own portfolio of products.

Albany Pumps will deliver up to 1500 m3 per hour. Our pumps will cope with viscosities from water at 1cst to 100,000 cst such as thick chocolate paste. We are continually investing in the latest technology and our people. Our pumps are made to suit multiple different types of power unit. We work with the latest 3D technology and are able to supply models of our products, as part of packages that also include individual test information on all our pumps.

Our CNC production plant in Lydney, Gloucestershire and Service and Repair Centre in Bradford, West Yorkshire provide two key hubs of all Albany Pumps manufacturing. You can be rest assured that you're in good hands with our engineers, as we provide the standards for every industry such as ATEX, CE, BSI, VdS, and API, and our pumps are all manufactured to the latest ISO9001 standard.

The history of Albany

Our company was born in 1901 in the Old Kent Road area of South London. We worked out of a small workshop and associated brass foundry controlled by R. White & Co. Mineral Water Manufacturers, which had already existed for about 10 years. In 1904 a patent (No. 25,222) was obtained and through years of various improvements to gear pump designs, we created other patents and product features.

We built our business in London until the factory was sadly destroyed on the third day of the Blitz in 1940. Albany's wartime wanderings included five years in farm buildings in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, before settling in our present two acre site at Lydney, Gloucestershire (Forest of Dean) in 1946.

We continue to operate from our Lydney site in present day, with a smaller manufacturing site in Bradford. The original gear pump design that we worked with has been developed into modern and reliable machines that are capable of working for up to 40,000 hours on important lubrication duties.

We own, manufacture and can support all of these brands:

  • Stothert & Pitt
  • Crown
  • Stanhope
  • Stanwin
  • Brooke
  • Handoll
  • Barclay Kellett

Incorporated Brands

Albany Pumps has taken over numerous companies that manufacture pumps and has continued to develop their products over the 100 years we've been in business. See a bit about each below:

Stothert and Pitt

Starting as a British Engineering company, Stothert and Pitt (S&P) built a very good reputation for manufacturing a variety of different products. Their range of pumps included Twin Screw and Internal Lobe Pumps.

In 1999, the pump making business was taken over by The Albany Engineering Co Ltd, complete will all company records and drawings. This allowed us to create new S&P pumps which fit into their existing pipework and position with the minimum of difficulty, to recondition pumps and to make spare parts. If you need a new replacement Stothert and Pitt pump to the original design, we can make you one from the original records. If you need your pump refurbished perhaps with new screws to bring back the original performance, we can help.

At Albany, we have also produced our own range of screw pumps, which you can read more about on the Internal Screw Pump page.

History of Stothert and Pitt

George Stothert commenced business in Bath in the 18th Century. The company made their first pumps for fire engines in Bath at the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

Our range of modern pumps started to be made with a licence in 1919 for internal rotary lobe pumps. These were first exhibited at the Royal Agricultural Show in Cardiff in the same year, which were a joint venture with a Mr Feuerheerd, who took out the original patent. These are long life designs for molasses and similar liquids with flows up to 350 tons/hr. Hundreds of these are used world wide in the sugar industry.

As the only pumps originally on offer, lobe pumps were used for a wide variety of fluids which had differing viscosities. As alternative pumps became available, they settled on use for higher viscosity fluids for which they are so well suited. In 1935 a twin-screw pump licence was purchased from Houttuin Pumps in Holland. The design sold well to the Armed Forces, to Oil and Gas facilities and to refineries. The Stothert & Pitt company also worked on the capability of screw pumps to handle multi-phase mixtures for crude oil/water and gas mixtures.

The company went through different owners later in the 1980s and 1990s, and pumps were sold under the names Fluid Pumps (Bristol) Ltd, Beverley Fluid Engineering Ltd and Midland Fluid Pumps.

Barclay Kellett

The Barclay Kellett range of gear pumps are heavy duty spur type pumps with packed gland sealing. The range was taken over by Albany Pumps, and we have manufactured their products at our Bradford factory ever since. Their range is ideal for viscous liquids such as bitumen, chocolate mass and cocoa liquor. Some sizes are available with steam jacket or integral relief valve, with many different models from the 2 ½ 8T Plain or Relief valve to the 44X 8T Plain or Jacketed being produced.

Stanhope Engineers

Albany Pumps took over the Stanhope Engineers company and began to manufacture their range of spur type gear pumps at our factory in Bradford. Their range include rotary hand operated pumps, heavy duty stainless steel spur gear pumps and more. Designed for pumping viscous liquids such as oils and paints, tar, bitumen, molasses and fats.

Crown Pumps

We manufacture a range of spur type External Gear Pumps from our Bradford factory, which have been specially designed for pumping light to medium viscosity liquids at synchronised motor speeds. Ideal for use with lubrication systems and fuel oil ring mains, these pumps have many options that our customers can choose from to meet their needs.