John Thompson
Former type Public
Fate Acquired
Successor Clarke Chapman
Founded 1820
Defunct 2004
Headquarters Wolverhampton, UK
Industry Engineering

John Thompson Limited was a major engineering manufacturing business based in Wolverhampton offering boilers and lately products for the nuclear engineering industry.


The Company was founded by William Thompson as a general engineering concern in or around 1820 in Wolverhampton.[1] In 1850 the business passed to William's brother, Stephen, and in 1860 it passed to William's son, John, and within ten years it was concentrating on manufacturing boilers.[1]

By 1914 it had expanded into motor pressings; during World War I it made cowlings for Sopwith aircraft and in World War II it made airscrews for Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft.[1]

In the 1950s, as part of a consortium with AEI, it was awarded a contract to supply boilers and reactor pressure vessels for Berkeley nuclear power station.[2]

In 1970 the business was acquired by Clarke Chapman[3] and in 2004 the Ettingshall Works finally closed.[1]


Fowler no. 17212 - RL - Woverhampton Wander at BCLM 2010 - IMG 1220

Fowler no. 17212 - Wolverhampton Wander at the Black Country Living Museum

The companies former works steam Road locomotive fitted with a crane that was used to deliver boilers in the 1930' & 40's still survives to day in the collection of local man Len Crane. The engine Fowler no. 17212 is now named Wolverhampton Wander after the local football team.

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