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Halton Iron Co

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1803 'On Saturday evening the 15th inst, as two young men from Lancaster were crossing Lancaster Sands, to go to Allithwaite, in a gig, they unfortunately missed the ford, the gig was overturned in the water, and one of them, Mr. Tho. Warbrick, was drowned ; the other providentially saved his life by swimming to the shore. — The deceased was a youth of an amiable character, and was one of the partners in the Halton iron-foundry. — His body is not yet found.'[1]

1808 Advertisements: 'NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, THAT the several PARTNERSHIPS, in the trades or businesses of an iron-master, manufacturers of, and dealers in, iron, formerly existing and carried on by John Dilworth, David Dockray (deceased) Joseph Sharp (deceased) John Brockbank, Thomas Giles, Robert Tomlinson, (deceased) and Thomas Heaton (deceased) all late or now of Lancaster, in the county of Lancaster ; Thomas Clarkson the elder, late of Brackenthwaite, in. the said county (deceased) John Jenkinson the elder, late of Yealand Conyers, in the said county (deceased), John Hutton and George Hutton, both of Halton, in the said county ; and afterwards by the said John Dilworth, David Dockray, Thomas Giles (on his own account, and as one of the executors of the said Joseph Sharp) Thomas Warbrick (deceased) on his own account, and as the other executor of the said Joseph Sharp, Mary Warbrick, as administratrix of the said Thomas Warbrick (after his death), John Brockbank, Mary Heaton, as executrix of the said Thomas Heaton, Francis Carter the elder, as administrator of the said Robert Tomlinson, Thomas Clarkson the elder, and, after his death, by Thomas Clarkson the younger, his executor, Margaret Jenkinson, the executrix of the said John Jenkinson the elder, John Jenkinson the younger, John Hutton and George Hutton ; and since, by the said John Dilworth, John Dockray, and Thomas Dockray, both of Hareholme, in the said county, merchants, David Dockray, of Manchester, in the said county, merchant, and Joseph Dockray, of Lancaster aforesaid, merchant, executors of the said David Dockray (deceased) Mary Warbrick, John Brockbank, Mary Heaton, Francis Carter, Thomas Adams, of Lancaster aforesaid, iron-master, the said John Hutton and George Hutton, under the firm of THE HALTON IRON COMPANY, are DISSOLVED, by mutual consent. Dated this tenth day of June, 1808.
Signed by the said John Dilworth, John Brockbank, Thomas Giles, J Joseph Dockray, and Mary Warbrick, in the presence of Wm. Redmavne.
Signed by the said John Hutton, George Hutton, Francis Carter, Mary Heaton, Thomas Clarkson, Margaret Jenkinson, John Jenkinson, and Thomas Adams, in the presence of Robert Greene I Bradley.
Signed by the said David Dockray, in the presence of John Kirk
Signed by the said John Dockray and Thomas Dockray, in the presence of JOHN YATES.

'WE, whose names are hereunto subscribed, lately carrying on trade under the firm of THE HALTON IRON COMPANY, Do give Notice, That we have authorized JOHN SANDERSON and GEORGE BEARDSWORTH, of Lancaster, merchants, to collect and pay all debts due to and from the said concern, and to manage the works thereof, until the present stock is wrought up and disposed of —Merchants and Dealers may be supplied, as usual, With Charcoal Bar Iron of every description, Cast Iron Work to any pattern; likewise Bills, Hoes, Spades, and Edge-Tools of all sorts, for exportation and home use, until the whole of the present stock of the concern shall have been sold ; and orders, addressed to the said John Sanderson and George Beardsworth, will be duly and punctually attended to.
For the Executors of the late David Dockray,

1810 Advertisement: 'CAPITAL AND EXTENSIVE IRON-WORKS, NEAR LANCASTER: TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, At Miss Noon's, the Royal-Oak Inn, Lancaster, on Monday the 1st day of October, 1810, at six o'clock in the evening ; (If not previously disposed of by private treaty, of which notice will he given) THE very desirable WORKS carried on by the HALTON IRON CO. consisting of Two Forges, Two Charcoal Blasts Furnaces, and a Foundry. The Forges are situated on the banks of the Lune, about two miles from Lancaster, and have the right of using the whole of that river. The Upper Forge contains two Refineries and two Chaferies, wrought with iron cylinders ; an Air Furnace for working scrap iron ; and proper Iron-houses. The Lower Forge contains a Tilt and a Lift Hammer, and proper conveniencies for a Plating Work. A Rolling Mill and Wire Work may be added at a small expence, there being suitable rooms over the Forge for that purpose. One of the Blast Furnaces and the Foundry are at the village of Halton, half a mile from the Forges; the other at Leighton, about twelve miles from Lancaster, and nine from Kendal, near a good shipping place ; both furnaces are in excellent situation for wood, and capable of making forty tons of iron weekly ; adjoining all the Works, are convenient coal-houses, carpenters and smiths shops, and dwelling houses for the workmen. This valuable property, in full work and excellent order, is offered for sale in consequence of the death of some of the proprietors. Further particulars may be known by applying to Sanderson and Beardsworth. Lancaster, August 3, 1810.[3]

1811 'NOTICE TO MERCHANTS, IRONMONGERS, &c. THE HALTON IRON COMPANY having contracted with Messrs. HEATONS and WHEWELL, for the whole of the Bar Iron, Hoes, Bills, Spades, Shovels, &c. made at their Works; beg leave to inform their friends and the public, that all orders, in future, will be received by the said Messrs. HEATONS and Whewell And all persons indebted to the said Halton Iron Company, are requested to pay the same to us, without delay. SANDERSON and BEARDSWORTH. Lancaster, Dec. 21, 1810.' [4]

1812 Advertisement: 'CAPITAL and EXTENSIVE IRON-WORKS, NEAR LANCASTER. PEREMPTORILY TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, (TO CLOSE A CONCERN), At Miss Noon's, the Royal Oak, in Lancaster, on the 17th day of March, 1812, at six o'clock in the evening ; THE very desirable WORKS, carried on by the late Halton Iron Company ; consisting of two Forges, a Charcoal Blast, Furnace, and a Foundry, in the following lots :
Lot 1. The LEASEHOLD INTEREST of the late HALTON IRON COMPANY, in the FORGES, situated on the banks of the Lune, about three miles from Lancaster, having the right of using the whole of that river. The upper Forge contains two Refineries and two Chaferies, wrought with iron cylinders ; and adjoining the proper Coal-houses, Work-shops, and Dwellings for the work- men.
The lower Forge contains a Tilt and Lift-Hammer, and proper conveniences for a Plating Work ; a Rolling-Mill and a Wire-Work may be added at a small expence, there being suitable rooms over the forge for that purpose. The valuable Water-Wheels and Machinery, as described in a schedule to be produced, will be attached to this lot, and sold therewith.
Lot 2. The FREEHOLD and LEASEHOLD INTEREST of certain PARTNERS in the said COMPANY in the BLAST FURNACE and FOUNDRY, at Halton, about half a mile from the Forges, and well situated for coal-wood. Adjoining these works are convenient Coal-houses, Carpenters and Smiths Shops, and Dwelling houses for workmen.
Both lots are in full work and excellent order — The unmanufactured stock to be taken at a valuation, and will enable the purchaser to keep the works going until new charcoal can be laid in.
Further particulars may be known by applying to Messrs. Job N Sanderson and Co. Lancaster.'[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Leeds Intelligencer, 31st October 1803
  2. Lancaster Gazette, 23 July 1808
  3. Lancaster Gazette, 29th September 1810
  4. Lancaster Gazette, 5th January 1811
  5. Lancaster Gazette, 14 March 1812