It was a Huddersfield engineering firm that at one point provided jobs for 1,000 people.
These photographs were taken at WC Holmes engineering at Turnbridge by Percy Palmer who worked there for many years.
Percy, who lived in Hall Bower, died around 25 years ago and the photos are now with his niece, Denise Walton, of Newsome.
She said: “There will be people on these photographs who someone will remember – or they may even recognise themselves. Percy was an amateur photographer but although he took lots of pictures he didn’t write information on the back of them.”
W C Holmes Ltd was set up as a factory to make industrial air blowers in 1850.
A typical example of its work was in 1922 when it built blast furnaces for Flintshire steelmakers John Summers and Sons Ltd and the new mechanics on it replaced three old hand-charged furnaces.
By 1924 these new furnaces were capable of making 6,000 tons of iron a week.
At its peak WC Holmes employed 1,000 people and even as recently as the 1990s there were 250 workers.
The firm changed its name to Peabody Holmes before being bought by US-owned Dresser Roots in 1990. It finally closed in 2012 with the loss of 60 jobs.
Dresser Roots makes blowers and compressors for use in a wide range of industries at sites in the USA, the Middle East, China and Mexico.