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Elkanah Hoyle and Sons

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of Waterside Ironworks, Halifax

1858 'The Fog of Tuesday.— There was a dense fog on Tuesday night in and about Halifax. A young man named Lord, residing at Elland, and employed by Messrs. Elkanah Hoyle and Co., millwrights, Halifax, was on his way home between six and seven o'clock in company with a friend, and foolishly went along the canal bank. The friends parted at Waterhouse-mill. They kept shouting to each other as long as they could well be heard. Lord cried out that he was all right, and then the other man thought he heard a splash. He shouted, but there was no answer. He then roused the neighbourhood, and the body of the unfortunate young man was found in the deep water behind one of the locks, directly opposite Farrar-mill. An inquest was held on Wednesday night, when a verdict was returned in accordance with the circumstances.'[1]

1881 'NOTICE is hereby given, that the PARTNERSHIP heretofore subsisting between the undersigned HORATIO STEAD and JAMES STEPHENSON STEAD, both of Halifax, in the county of York, in the trade or business of Engineers, Millwrights, Waterside Works, Halifax, aforesaid, under the style or firm of 'Hoyle & Sons," has been DISSOLVED by mutual consent. All debts due to the partnership firm are to be paid to the said Horatio Stead, who will also discharge all debts due from the said partnership firm. The business has been transferred and will in future be carried on by "Elkanah Hoyle & Sons, Limited" - Dated this 26th day of February, 1881. JAMES STEPHENSON STEAD. HORATIO STEAD. Witness — Thomas England, Solicitor. Halifax.'[2]

1884 Advert: 'ELKANAH HOYLE AND SONS, LIMITED. MILLWRIGHTS, ENGINEERS, MACHINE MAKERS AND IRONFOUNDERS, WATERSIDE, HALIFAX. Patentees and Sole Makers of Wilson's Patent Welded Press Plates and Telescopic Connections, also makers of Hydraulic Presses, have purchased all the WOOD and IRON MODELS belonging to the late firm of William Bates and Son of Sowerby Bridge.....' [3]

1887 Maker of calendering machines, hot presses and hydraulic press pumps.

1889 'Yesterday, Mr Barstow held an enquiry the Infirmary with reference to the death of John Dawrant, 29, Siddal-road, fitter in the employment of Messrs. Elkanah Hoyle & Sons, Ld., engineers and millwrights, Waterside Works. Mr. Prior, inspector of factories, was present. On Tuesday deceased was helping to load a dray with machinery from the crane door on the second storey, when he accidenally fell out. He died the same night from fracture of the skull. Evidence was given by Charles Dawrant, Stoney Royd-terrace (deceased’s father). Harry Ernest Scarborough, Church-street (an apprentice the works), Cornelius Crossley (who was assisting deceased), and Dr. Chamberlain. Verdict, "Accidental death".'[4]

1889 Advert: '.....in Bankruptcy. Halifax District. Re William Barrett. ...TO BE SOLD BY TENDER in one lot as a going concern, the MACHINERY, WORKING PLANT, TOOLS of trade, PATTERNS, OFFICE FURNITURE, FITTINGS, and other effects, in and about the premises in New Bank, Halifax, known as Bowling Green Brass Works, and comprising — horizontal engine, by E. Hoyle & Sons, Ld., vertical boiler and fittings, by Umpleby, water heating apparatus, cutting or shaping machine by Shepherd, 4-hand lathes, with rests and overhead motion,....'[5]

1889 Death notice: 'Keighley — At 4, Hoyle’s-buildings, Bailey Hall bank. George Hoyle Keighley. Born Oct. 23rd, 1848 ; died June 28th. 1889. Late director of the firm of Messrs. Elkanah Hoyle & Sons, Limited.[6]

1893 'SHOCKING FATALITY. On Wednesday, Mr. J. E. Hill, deputy coroner, held an inquest at the Plummet Line inn, Halifax, on the body of Fred. Lynes (19), moulder’s labourer, of Mann Street, Huddersfield. The evidence showed that on Tuesday afternoon the deceased and other workmen were assisting in the casting of a hydraulic press cylinder at the foundry of Messrs. Elkanah Hoyle and Sons, ironfounders, Waterside, Halifax. There was an explosion, and a large flame rose from the mould to the ceiling, and came in contact with the deceased and other workmen. He was very badly burned about the head and body, and fell to the ground, fracturing his thigh. Four of the other men were less seriously burned, one only slightly. Deceased was conveyed to the Infirmary, and died shortly before midnight. A verdict of “Acoidental death" was returned. [7]

1901 'HALIFAX IN SEMI-DARKNESS. Lack of pressure at Halifax Corporation Gasworks last night caused great inconvenience in the low-lying portion of the borough. At one establishment, that of Messrs. Elkanah Hoyle Limited, Waterside, the light was so poor that candles had to be introduced to enable the men to follow their employment....'[8]

1903 Advert: 'Elkanah Hoyle and Sons Ltd.— In Voluntary Liqnidataon. ENGINEERS, MACHINE MAKERS, DYERS and FINISHERS, and Others. Messrs. WOOLLER JENNINGS and CO. have received instructions from Mr. Benjamin Turney (Messrs. and Turney, Chartered Accountants, Halifax), the Liquidator herein, to catalogue and Sell by Auction, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, December let, 2nd. 3rd, and 4th, and week following, if necesesay, at eleven o'clock each day, the Whole of the ENGINEERING PLANT, MACHINERY, TOOLS, PATTERNS, and EFFECTS, comprising entirely new double-geared self-acting shaping machine, double-geared boring lathe, double-geared self-acting slide and screw cutting lathe; self-acting sliding, surfacing, and screw cutting lathe, by Binns Bros., Halifax. Also all those engines, boilers, sliding, surfacing, and screw cutting lathes, boring machines, hand turning lathes, planing machines, vertical milling machines, slotting and shaping machines, steam hammer, smith hearths, hydraulic arbour press, anvils, swage blocks, &c.; blacksmith's, fitter's, and mechanic’s tools, lifting tackle, belting, &c; circular saw bench, a thicknesing machine, joiner's benches, shafting, drums, hangers, and pedestals; contents stores, comprising nuts, bolts, valves, studs, pipe fittings, piping, bar iron and steel, lever weighing machines, &c. The stock-in-trade and work progress comprise two treble crabbing machines, three padding machines, hydraulic pumps, piece washing machines, tentering machines; 6in., 7in., and 8in. diagonal engines; singe and donkey engines, and a large quantity engine fittings and castings for dyeing and finishing machinery; also the horses, carts, waggons, office furniture, and effects. ...
NOTE —A Second Sale of the Ironfounder’s, Brass Founder’s, and Engineer’s Plant will take place in the early part of next year. For further information...'[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. Leeds Times - Saturday 11 December 1858
  2. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 2 March 1881
  3. Huddersfield Daily Chronicle - Thursday 24 January 1884
  4. Halifax Courier - Saturday 16 March 1889
  5. Halifax Courier - Saturday 8 June 1889
  6. Halifax Courier - Saturday 6 July 1889
  7. Driffield Times - Saturday 23 September 1893
  8. Leeds Mercury - Friday 13 December 1901
  9. Leeds Mercury - Saturday 21 November 1903