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Edward Hill and Co

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of Brierley Hill Iron Works

1822 Formerly the ironworks were run by W. Hornblower but who became bankrupt

1842 E. Hill of the Brierley Hill Ironworks, produced his plough with pulverising knives.[1]

1843 Mention of Edward Hill of Brierley Hill Ironworks.[2]

See also Harts Hill Ironworks?

1848 Advertisement. Edward Hill and Co with a Skim for paring stubbles etc. [3]

1849. Inquest. 'On Tuesday last an inquest was held at the Bell Inn, Brierley Hill, before T. M. Phillips, Esq. coroner, on the body of Reuben Webb, an engineer, employed at the Brierley Hill Ironworks belonging to the New British Iron Company, who met with his death on the previous day under the following circumstances. It appeared by the evidence of Samuel Grice, an engineer, that whilst the deceased was in the act of oiling the neck of the main shaft the connecting rod caught his arm and drew his body between the connecting rod and the driving wheel. The poor fellow was so dreadfully crushed that he died almost immediately. Verdict "accidental death".'[4]

1849 Advertisement: 'TO COAL-MASTERS, ENGINEERS, &c. On sale, a 9-inch pump, about 70 yards long, with T bob, rods and reelers, driving wheel, with crank shaft, carriages, brasses complete, and nearly new.
HORIZONTAL ENGINE, 16-horse power, quite new, Oak Farm make.
A second hand BOILER, 15 feet long, 3 feet diameter, nearly new.
EIGHT IRON SLACK WAGGONS
Apply to E. Hill and Co., Brierley Hill Iron Works, near Dudley.'[5]

1853 Partnership and name change. '...the Partnership lately subsisting between the late Edward Hill and the undersigned, Henry Smith (Managing Partner), in the business of Iron Manufacturers, carried on at the Brierley Hill Iron Works, in the parish of Dudley, in the county of Worcester, under the style or firm of Edward Hill and Company, was dissolved and determined by the death of the said Edward Hill, on the 13th day of September instant; and that the business will, as from that day, be continued by Mrs. Emma Hill, his Widow, and the said Henry Smith, under the style or firm of Hill and Smith...'[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. Worcester Journal - Thursday 01 December 1842
  2. Derby Mercury - Wednesday 19 July 1843
  3. Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser - Wednesday 13 September 1848
  4. Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser - Wednesday 17 October 1849
  5. Birmingham Gazette, 20th August 1849
  6. The London Gazette Publication date:27 September 1853 Issue:21480 Page:2639