James Culverwell & Co., Bridgwater Iron Foundry, Eastover, Bridgwater, Somerset
Bridgwater Iron Foundry was on the site now occupied by Aldi supermarket.
Brass and iron founders, makers of clay-working machinery, stationary steam engines, pumps, weighbridges, cranes, gears, and other engineering products; boiler repairs.
The cast iron railings for the footbridge at Bridgwater railway station bear the name 'J Culverwell & Co'
Horizontal stationary steam engine, c.1890s? on display at Westonzoyland Museum, Somerset. The engine was formerly employed at Burnham Brewery (Burnham-on-Sea).
Waterwheel for Holford Tannery, 1892 (built in conjunction with Charles Sellick of Fiddington, whose name is also cast on the rim of the wheel).
A lathe in private ownership in South Wales has 'J Culverwell & Co - Engineers - Bridgwater' cast into one of the legs, and has a brass plate marked with Culverwell's name and Plant ID number. It is thought possible that Culverwell made the bed and the legs to suit a pre-existing headstock and tailstock. See photo.
A short history of J. Culverwell, the Bridgwater Iron Foundry, and sometime owners Edward Murch and Robert Spence, was written by Brian J Murless and published by Westonzoyland Museum in 'Condensation', the magazine of the Westonzoyland Engine Trust, Issue 1, 2010. From this we learn that James Culverwell's earliest connection with the foundry was 1881, and that the business had closed by 1910.