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Emmerson, Murgatroyd and Co

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Detail of cast iron railing support, St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral , Valetta, taken in 2018.
January 1880.
Anderton Boat Lift

Emmerson, Murgatroyd & Co of Heaton Foundry, Stockport

1863 'The new opera house at Malta......The carpenter's work, ironwork, stage, and decorations, are to be prepared in England, and have been entrusted to Messrs. Emmerson & Murgatroyd, of Stochport.'[1]

1868 'At the Victoria Graving Dock, London, on Wednesday, there was an official inspection by Sir Stafford Northcote and other members of the India Council of a pontoon of unusual dimensions, manufactured by Messrs Emmerson and Murgatroyd, engineers of Stockport, for the Bombay Government. This pontoon, which forms a portion of a hydraulic graving dock, now being constructed by Mr Edwin Clark for the Bombay Government, is 380 feet in length, 85 feet in width, and 9 feet 6 inches in depth, and is especially designed for docking the large transport ships lately constructed for that station. The lift itself is a machine of unprecedented dimensions, consisting of a group of 72 hydraulic presses of 35 feet stroke, each press having power to raise 200 tons, and the whole group, therefore, being able to lift 14,400 tons through a space of 35 feet in about 30 minutes. It is accordingly capable of lifting the largest vessel extant, and the calculation is that with a sufficient number of pontoons a fleet of 12 or 15 vessels might be docked in single day.'[2]

1873 'Messrs. Emmerson, Murgatroyd, and Co. Limited, of Stockport and Liverpool, have just received a telegram from Malta announcing the successful opening there, on Thursday last, of the new hydraulic lift dock.[3]

Supplied machinery and ironwork for the Anderton Boat Lift, Cheshire, which opened in 1875 [4]

1876 Emmerson, Murgatroyd were the general contractors for Prof. Gamgee's 'Floating Glaciarium' in London. [5]

1880 advert shows that they were Engineers, millwrights, boiler makers, iron and brass founders, with a vast range of products including Hydraulic Docks to Edwin Clark's principle (for Bombay and Malta), Tubular Floating Docks to Clark and Standfield's principle, dock gates, sluices, steam engines, mills for corn, rice and sugar, rolling and wire mills, gears, wrought iron bridges, jetties, piers, roofs, gasholders, cranes, Pictet's patent freezing machinery, Gramme electrical machines.

1882 'Messrs. Emmerson and Murgatroyd, of Stockport, have in hand a contract for machinery and plant in connection with a manufactory of pure block ice, which is being erected by Messrs. Muirhead and Son, Manchester.' [6]

1883 Suicide of John Thomas Emmerson, at his home, Peover Cottage, Higher Peover.[7]

1884 Sale Notice: 'TO ENGINEERS, BOILER MAKERS, MILLWRIGHTS, AND OTHERS. -TO BE SOLD by Private Treaty, the extensive BOILER WORKS situate at Heaton Norris, in the county of Lancaster, lately carried on by Emmerson, Murgatroyd, and Co. Limited. The ground plot contains 5,429 square yards, and is subject to a yearly chief rent of £30. The boiler shed contains some valuable fixed and loose machinery, the whole or any portion of which may at the option of the purchaser be taken by him at a valuation, or retained by the vendors. A large boiler-making business has of late years been carried on at the works by the present company, and the goodwill of the business will Included in the sale. The premises are well situated, and may easily adapted to the carrying on of any manufacturing trade, —For full particulars apply to the Liquidators of Emmerson, Murgatroyd and Co. Limited, Heaton Foundry, Stockport, or to Messrs. LAKE & NEW, solicitors, Stockport.' [8]

Note: Joshua Murgatroyd was also a director of the Norton Iron Company, formed to take over the business formerly carried out by Warners, Lucas and Barrett of Norton, Stockton-on-Tees.[9]


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Sources of Information

  1. Belfast News-Letter, 6th May 1863
  2. Greenock Advertiser, 4 August 1868
  3. Blackburn Standard, Wednesday 29th January 1873
  4. 'The Engineer' 27th August 1880
  5. Morning Post, 4th January 1877
  6. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 25th November 1882
  7. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Monday 17 September 1883
  8. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 19th February 1884
  9. Western Daily Press - Thursday 21 September 1865