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Boydell and Glasier

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of Camden Works, Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London

James Boydell and ? Glasier

1853 Iron Houses. 'EMIGRANTS’ HOUSES FOR THE GOLD DIGGINGS.— Comfortable, durable habitations, at little beyond the cost of tents. Houses, the frame-work of patent grooved iron, well-boarded floor, patent joists raised from the ground; glazed windows, lock-up doors, metallic roof and sides, lined with patent inodorous felt, and papered with decorative paper, and not affected by heat. The flooring boards are made up into the packing case, and a house of 13 feet 2 inches, by 10 feet 4 inches, will pack up so that it may be carried for three-quarters of a ton measurement. The present price of a house of these dimensions, complete in packing-case, is 16 guineas; of a house, with entrance door and therein, passage, closet, and two rooms, 35 guineas; of a house with entrance door and light therein, passage, and three rooms, 50 guineas. Larger houses, with rooms above, and warehouses of any size or strength, made to order by BOYDELL and GLASIER, at the Anchor Iron Works, Smethwick, near Birmingham; and at the Camden Works, Hawley-crescent, Camden-town, London, where specimens may be seen.'[1]

1855 Patent endless railway. A sort of tracked wheel.[2]

1855 April. 'IMPORTANT SALE OF HURDLES, GATES, CONSERVATORIES, Hand Glasses, IRON BUILDINGS, &c. To be Sold by Auction, on Monday, the 30th of April, on the Premises of BOYDELL and GLASIER, CAMDEN WORKS, Hawley Crescent, near the Canal Bridge Camden Town, LONDON, ABOUT 2,000 Patent Twisted Iron HURDLES, &c., Fourteen Portable Conservatories, Two Hundred Patent Hand Glasses, FIFTY IRON HOUSES, suitable for labourer's cottages, out-buildings, &c Arrangements will be made to erect the conservatories and houses within a given distance of London. May be seen, and catalogues had on the premises, one week prior the sale.'[3]

1855 November. Sale '...Boydell and Glasier, (who are retiring from a portion of their business to develop the manufacture of their patent endless railway Camden Works...'[4]

1855 'Stand No 85 - James Boydell, of Camden Works, Camden Town, London, Middlesex. Article No 1. A Portable Steam Engine, fitted with an Endless Railway; invented and improved by the exhibitor; the engine manufactured by R. Bach and Co., Birmingham; and the endless railway by Boydell and Glasier, Camden Town. This engine, being fitted with the exhibitor's patent apparatus or endless railway attached to the wheels, is intended to do the work of horses, by drawing ploughs through the ground, or any loads over fields or along common roads. Price, including patent-right, £500. No 2. - A waggon, fitted with the Apparatus or Endless Railway; invented and unproved by the exhibitor; manufactured by Boydell and Glasier, of Camden Town. A waggon, fitted to be drawn the engine on the exhibitor's patent endless railway.'[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Morning Advertiser - Friday 15 April 1853
  2. Mechanics Magazine Volume LXIII (63) 1855 Pt2 p245
  3. Reading Mercury - Saturday 14 April 1855
  4. Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 23 November 1855
  5. Carlisle Patriot - Saturday 04 August 1855