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Courtney and Stephens

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Crane at Portumna
Detail of crane at Portumna: 'Courtney & Stephens Dublin'

of Blackhall Iron Works in Dublin

Proprietors: William Courtney and William Stephens (dates not specified).

Also see Courtney, Stephens and Co

1837 Bought a planing machine and nut-milling machine from Nasmyth, Gaskell and Co[1]

1845 Courtney & Stephens, agricultural implement factory and iron works, 1 Blackhall Place. Courtney, Henry esq., 24 Fitzwilliam Place (This was the home address of Henry the iron founder) [2]

1849 Pedestrian suspension bridge at Straffan House by Courtney & Stephens. The location of this elegant bridge is now a golf course [3]

1854 William Anderson became manager of the company at Blackball Place Iron Works, Dublin

1855 Anderson became a partner

Constructed iron bridges, including the Malahide Viaduct, and other structural ironwork for railways and canals, and manufactured signalling apparatus and turntables, as well as general engineers' and millwrights' work.

1864 Anderson left the company

1865 John Bailey (1839-1892) became a partner in Courtney and Stephens which then became Courtney, Stephens and Bailey

1867 Reference to the new President of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Ireland, William Anderson, 'then of the firm of Easton, Amos and Anderson, who had begun his career in Ireland as a partner in Courtnay, Stephens and Co., of Dublin, which, during his connection with it attained by far the first position in Ireland in the construction of railway bridges and other large and important public works.' [4] Clearly, 'Courtnay' was a misprint in the source document.

A Courtney & Stephens hand crane is preserved at Connaught Harbour, Portumna, on the River Shannon. See photographs, reproduced with permission from 'Irish Waterways History' website[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'James Nasmyth and the Bridgewater Foundry' by J. A. Cantrell, 1984. ISBN 0 7190 1339 9, p.183
  2. [1] 'Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal': Transcribed information from Pettigrew & Oulton - Dublin Almanack
  3. [2]Photo of bridge at Straffan House
  4. [3] The Engineer, 8th November 1867
  5. [4] Irish Waterways History: 'Shannon Cranes' webpages with photographs of crane