Author Archives: Stetat

Buried at the Roadside

We live in a cruel world even now in the 21st century but at least we no longer leave those who have committed suicide, to be buried at the roadside. A law passed by King Athelstan in the 10th Century preventing burials of suicides on consecrated ground, remained in force for around nine hundred years. […]

Sir Ralphe De Assheton Black Knight

What is History, but a fable agreed upon. The sub-title of this piece is a quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte and summed up in the words used by Winston Churchill telling us that the victors, write history. This is probably true when reading the history of the once Knight of the Realm from Ashton under […]

Copper Press Fittings M-Press Brand

Copper press fittings are not something new to our business, we have offered M-Press copper fittings as a distributor for many years. Carrying stock in 15mm to 54mm sizes, what has changed is our size range and stock. We can now offer 67mm to 108mm M-Press copper press fittings, which includes 76mm and 88.9mm sizes. […]

The Age of Steam in Ashton under Lyne

The age of steam in Ashton did not just begin with the arrival of the railways in the Northwest of England. The first railways to pass through the town arrived in the early 1840s; but the age of steam in Ashton arrived a century sooner. With the commissioning of a Newcomen Engine to pump out […]

BSP Stainless Steel Pipe Fittings ISO 4144:2003

Besseges (Valves, Tubes & Fittings) Ltd have offered BSP stainless steel pipe fittings from stock for thirty years. We carry a wide range of this quality product in stock at our warehouse in Ashton under Lyne. The issue as the writer of our Blogs, is to come up with a piece of writing that people […]

Malleable Iron Fittings BS EN 10242:1995

Besseges (Valves, Tubes & Fittings) Ltd have been a distributor of malleable iron fittings for over thirty years. We have always endeavoured to stock quality pipe fittings since our days as a Trade Counter in James Howe Mill. Over that time, our business has grown into one of the largest stockists of threaded BSP pipe […]

Hartshead Pike Ashton under Lyne

Hartshead Pike Ashton under Lyne is the hill itself, which has a stone tower at its summit. Before we explore the history of the tower that sits atop of this hill, the history of the summit itself has a great deal to offer. It has been suggested that the original stone monument at the summit […]

Domestic Copper Press Fittings from M-Press

Installing soldered or compression fittings in conjunction with copper tube can be a time-consuming task. In terms of labour costs, this can be the difference between winning and losing larger installation costs. If your business is tasked with installing fifty central heating and domestic water systems. The costs would spiral and the businesses with lower […]

Steam Locking the Undetectable Issue

I had a conversation recently on a corrugating site that suggests the issue of steam locking is still ignored or undetected. The view of the particular engineer was, if steam locking occurred in a corrugator roll, the steam traps were set up incorrectly. This could not be further from the truth and the subject has […]

Building a Backyard Bar with some Recycling

Building a backyard bar is a great deal easier than you think and it can be made from new and recycled material. Building a backyard bar from Fastclamp, galvanised tube and recycled wood gives you an industrial look and the pleasure of knowing you did it yourself. I was recently furloughed in the United Kingdom […]