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Heath, Welch and Barber

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Heath, Welch & Barber of Ravensdale Iron Works, Tunstall

1850 Partnership between Robert Heath, William Welch and John Heath Barber, carrying on business at the Ravensdale Iron Works, Tunstall, dissolved [1]

1851 Petition of adjudication of Bankruptcy awarded and issued forth against Robert Heath of Manchester, William Welch and John Heath Barber, both of Burslem, Ironmasters, Dealers and Chapmen, lately carrying on business at the Ravensdale Iron Works, Tunstall, under the style or firm of Heath, Welch, and Barber [2]

NOTE: 'Robert Heath of Manchester' does not seem to be the same as Robert Heath (Manchester), ironfounder

1856 'Boiler Explosion at Tunstall. - Three Killed.— Shortly after four o'clock on Monday mornlng, just before the men at the Ravensdale iron works, belonging to Mr. Joseph Bull, commenced the labours of the week, a boiler suddenly burst. The pieces were projected in opposite directions, and destroyed the greater part of the building, causing 'the death of three men, and more or less injuring five others. One piece was found several hundred yards from us original position. The boilers had all been carefully examined, both by the boiler maker and the chief engineer. That the explosion did not occur from any deficiency of water in the boiler seems evident from the marks of the water on the surrounding objects; and the engineer in charge examined the valves only a few minutes before the catastrophe occurred. The damage, it is supposed, will be £1,200. Had the accident not happened at such an early hour, when there were few persons on the premises, the loss of life must have been much greater'[3]

Later Robert Heath and Co (of Tunstall)

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette, p.3319
  2. [1] The London Gazette, pp.240 & 241
  3. Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 2 July 1856