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George Heppell and Co

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George Heppell and Co of Pipewellgate Foundry, Gateshead

Note: This entry covers various members of the Heppell family who occupied the foundry.

Established 1838.

1848 Advertisement (spellings as per original advertisement): 'TO IRON FOUNDERS, MARINE STORE DEALERS, &c MR.W. H. BRECKNELL respectfully announces he has received Instructions to SELL BY AUCTION on the Premises of Messrs, William Heppel and Co., Iron Founders, West End of Pipewellgate, Gateshead, near the Stourbridge Glass Works, on Tuesday the 15th February Instant, and following days. All the stock in the FOUNDRY, comprising Loo Mill and Grindstone, Wrought Iron Blast, Testing Machine, Two Lathes, Moulding Boxes of all Sizes, Metal and Iron Pipe Spindles of all Sizes, Pan Case, Large Metal Cistern, Crane, Ladles, Bogues and Thurstles, Lamps, Wood and Metal Patterns of every Size and Description, Chains, Scales and Weights, together with a great Variety of Ovens, Stove Grates, and Sundry castings appertaining to the above Business. Also, about SIXTY TONS of METAL. The Sale to commence each Day at Eleven o'Clock in the forenoon. 12 Ellison Street, Gateshead, 5th February, 1848.'[1]

1854 'WANTED, immediately, Two or Three STOVE GRATE FITTERS, Constant employment for steady men. Apply to Robert Heppell and Co., Stove Grate Manufacturers, Pipewellgate, Gateshead.' Newcastle Courant, 18th August 1854

1868 'TEAMS FOUNDRY.- Last week, Messrs. Heppell Brothers, ironfounders, Pipewellgate, Gateshead, opened their new foundry, recently erected at the Teams, by Messrs. T. and B. Lamb. Several large and successful castings were made, after which about eighty of the workmen and friends sat down to dinner, laid out in the casting room. Mr Wm. Heppell occupied the chair.' [2]

1877 'ALARMING ACCIDENT.- On Tuesday afternoon, a large cone in the yard of Messrs Heppell Brothers, ironfounders, Pipewellgate, Gateshead, fell, and caused considerable damage to part of the works. The cone was used in connection with glass works for which the building was originally erected, but, being very old, and noting its dangerous condition, Messrs Heppell decided to pull it down. Several of the men were engaged in that work when it gave way, and falling in an easterly direction, it crushed through the top of the foundry, which it rased to the ground. The men engaged taking down the cone fortunately escaped with little injury, receiving only a few scratches.'[3]

1914 Directory: Listed as Iron Founders.[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Newcastle Journal, 5th February 1848
  2. Newcastle Courant, 2nd October 1868
  3. Newcastle Courant, Friday 23rd March 1877
  4. Kelly's Directory of Durham, 1914 p713