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Castle Iron Co

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of Hadley, near Wellington, ironworkers.

Maker of iron objects, of Wellington[1]

1871 The Castle Iron Works was opened in Hadley, Shropshire, by Nettlefold and Chamberlain. It was soon manufacturing wire and 400-500 tons of bar iron each week, an early example of Nettlefolds' vertical integration of the business which was to continue for a long time.

1873 Owned by Nettlefold and Chamberlain

1881 Birchills furnace, near Walsall

1884 Bankruptcy. '... Special Resolution for Liquidation by Arrangement of the affairs of Edward Copson Peake and Alfred Francis John Fisher, carrying on business in copartnership as Ironmasters at the Castle Furnaces, the Birchills, Walsall, in the county of Stafford, under the style or firm of the Castle Iron Company, and lately carrying on business at the same place and under the same style or firm in copartnership with Walter Ancell Peake, then and now residing at Burrow-on-the-Hill, near Melton Mowbray, in the county of Leicester, the petitioner Edward Copson Peake, residing at Chaseley, in the parish of Rugeley, in the said county of Stafford; and being Secretary of the Cannock and Rugeley Colliery Company Limited, and the petitioner Alfred Francis John Fisher, formerly residing at the Cottage, in the parish of Rushall, in the said county of Stafford, since at Leamore House, but now in furnished lodgings at No. 92, Bloxwich road, both in Walsall aforesaid....'[2]

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