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Horsley Coal and Iron Co

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1833. Stationary winding engine for the Leicester and Swannington Railway. Exhibit at the National Railway Museum.
1833. Stationary winding engine for the Leicester and Swannington Railway. Exhibit at the National Railway Museum.
1833. Stationary winding engine for the Leicester and Swannington Railway. Exhibit at the National Railway Museum

The Horsley Coal and Iron Company of Tipton, nr Birmingham

See also Horseley Ironworks

'Horsley' is more commonly spelt Horseley.

c. 1770 Horseley Coal and Iron Co was established.

By 1812 Aaron Manby was managing partner of the Horseley Coal and Iron Co, a mixed concern operating coal mines, blast furnaces, and engineering workshops, established some forty years earlier. Under Manby, the engineering side of the Horseley business developed greatly.

1822 Horseley Ironworks built the first iron ship that ever put to sea. Built at Tipton and had her first trials on the Thames

1824 Produced the iron castings for the Pelsall Works Bridge over the Wyrley and Essington Canal at Pelsall[1]

1833 Stationary winding engine built by Horsley Coal and Iron Company to the design of Robert Stephenson, for hauling coal wagons on the Leicester and Swannington Railway. It worked until 1947, and is now preserved at the National Railway Museum. See photo.

1833 Built a locomotive for trial on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway but it was damaged in trials and the purchase was not completed.

Three other locomotives were built for the St. Helens Railway

1843 Bankruptcy. '...Bankruptcy awarded and issued forth against John Oliver and John York, both of Stoney Stratford, in the county of Buckingham, and which said John York was late residing at Brighton, in the county of Sussex, and Richard Harrison, of Wolverton, in the said county of Buckingham, carrying on in copartnership the trade or business of Coal and Iron Masters, at Tipton, in the county of Stafford, under the style or firm of the Horseley Coal and Iron Company...certain moneys assigned to the said bankrupts by one John Barnes...debt owing to the estate of the bankrupts by Messrs. Payne and Spencer, of the Phoenix Iron Works, in the parish of Westbromwich...'[2]

1843 Advertisement. 'Horseley Coal and Iron Company, to offer to PUBLIC COMPETITION by SALE, this present Monday, August 28, and following days—all the very valuable and useful TOOLS of every description, both in Steel, Iron and Steel, and Iron used and made for use at the above celebrated Works, which have only to be seen to be appreciated. They will be found of great value to persons engaged in any of the above Trades. The Stock of Pig Iron, Wrought Iron, Steel, &c. Box Parts and Cake Plates, broken-up Box Parts, &c. useful for Foundry purposes. Tram Rails, Sleepers, Turn-outs, &c. will be found of most excellent quality and well worthy the attention of Iron-founders.—Amongst the stock will be found six cast iron Crane Posts, suitable for cranes of two to five tons, two cast iron Steam Engine Cylinders, with pistons, nozzles, valves, &c. which may be fitted up at a trifling expense, and be good and useful Engines for Colliery and other purposes. There is also a new four horse Portable Condensing Steam Engine, with boiler, boiler fittings and duplicates complete, ready to ship to any of the Colonies. There are also four Paper glazing Rolls, turned and polished, a Locomotive Engine in parts, suitable for a Tram Road in a Colliery or for drawing down materials, which might be altered at small expense to suit a Railway Contractor. The Wood and Iron Boats are in excellent condition, and well suited for carrying heavy weights one of them is equal to about forty tons. The Calm Boats have been worked between Tipton and London, and are well known to the Captains and Steerers. The Pulley Blocks, Snatch Blocks, Winces, Lifting Jacks. Ropes, Chains, Hooks, Triangles, Derricks, &c. are suitable for any weights. The Stock of Timber is well selected and seasoned. The Tram Road Waggons for bringing in materials are good, also the Waggons for loading and moving castings, &c. about. In fact, such a large and valuable Stock of good and useful Articles has scarcely, if ever, been brought before the public. Catalogues are now ready, and may be had of the Auctioneer ; at the offices of W. Whitmore, Esq., 2, Basinghall-street. London ; E. A. Chaplin, Esq., 3, Gray's Inn Square, London Messrs. Spurrier and Chaplin, Solicitors, Birmingham and Mr.William Fellowes, Solicitor, Dudley ; also at the principal Inns in Birmingham, Dudley, Wolverhampton, and the neighbouring towns. N.B. The valuable Wood Patterns and the whole of the superior Engines, Lathes, and Machinery, will be disposed of at Auction in September. Catalogues Sixpence each.[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Flickr: Pelsall Works Bridge, Wyrley & Essington Canal, Pelsall by Gary C. Crutchley
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:3 October 1843 Issue:20266 Page:3228
  3. Birmingham Gazette, Monday 28th August 1843
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • Biography of Aaron Manby, ODNB.