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Hulme Glass Works

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also known as Medlock Street Glass Works, of Hulme, Manchester

1836 Reference to John Hurst, Hulme Glass Works, tendering for lamps.[1]

1841 Advert: 'Extensive Sale of valuable Apparatus for manufacturing Glass, Brewing Utensils, large Weighing Machine by Kitchen, twenty tons of Isle of Wight Sand, Wood Sheds, six and eight-barrel Carts, Spring Ditto, excellent Stanhope Gig, ....
BY MB. FULLALOVE, On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Monday, the 23d. 24th, 25th, 26th. 27th, and 30th days of August, 1841, at the Hulme Glass Works and Brewery, Short-street, Hulme, commencing prompt at ten o'clock in the forenoon of each day: THE Entire of the Valuable MACHINERY, IMPLEMENTS, &c., for manufacturing and cutting glass, including furnace, 67 leer waggons, pots, three superior presses, nearly new, brass and iron moulds, iron ladles, pot waggons, hoppers, troughs, cutting tools, brushes, two 8-inch double geered lathes, with stop-speeds, shafting, strapping, tubs, buckets, sand boxes, sieves, red and white lead, counter scales, manganese, emery, 20 tons Isle of Wight sand, packing cases, crates, smiths' bellows, anvils, scrap iron, brass, large cistern lined with lead, steam pipes, brass taps, pulleys, millstones and gearing, 6 iron boilers, doors, bars, and brickwork, iron trough, 16 metal working pots, and boards, improved high pressure steam enginc, 8-horses' power, by Parker and Cauldwell, of Warrington, steam apparatus, sponge; ladders, leather, teagle and rope, cullett and casks, pailing, racks, benches, show boarda, timber, wheelbarrows; together with the whole of the mnanufactured stock, consisting of richly cut and moulded pint and quart decanters, spirit squares, claret and water bottles; cellery, sugar, wine, tumbler, champaign, and claret glasses; salvers, pickle jars, water and cream jugs, cruet stands and bottles, salts, pickle, cake, tac., dishes, tallboys, ale and dram glasses, gas consumers, variegated lamps, hemispheres, inkstands, bulb glasses, butter coolers, hall lamps, a varety of fancy glass, metal mountings, &c.
Also the Brewing Utensils, &c., which are in excellent condition, and comprise about 800 9, 18, and 36 gallon barrels ; working puncheons, troughs, stillages; four porter vats, each capable of containing 25 barrels; two working squares, brass taps, hop press; 21 barrel iron brew pan, with wood flange and brass tap; hot water boiler, pipes and taps, 7 barrel copper brew pan, mash tub, hop sieves, wood cooler, large iron water cistern, spouts, copper and lead pumps, gauntrees, copper ooze, hops, a quantity of prime ale and porter, office fixtures, desks, safe, tables, three 8 barrel carts, with iron arms, one 6 barrel ditto, light spring cart, modern-built Stanhope gig, two prime draught horses, cart geers, harness, saddles, bridles, three fat pigs, &c. &c.
Together with the CABINET FURNITURE and EFFECTS, in the house which adjoins the works, consisting of two chimney glasses in rich gilt frames, lounging and nursing chairs, eight day timepiece, tea and coffee china, glass, hall lamp, hat stand, sweet-toned six octave square piano forte, in mahogany case, by Broadwood and Sons; two mahogany dining tables, upon reeded legs; mahogany card tables, upon pillars, claws, and castors, with oil baize covers; bronze fenders, polished steel fire irons, Brussels and Scotch carpets, rugs ; sofa, in Spanish wood frame, with loose cushion and bolsters; ......'[2]

For information about William Robinson and Peter Robinson (who may or may not have been related),see here [3]

1859 Advert: 'TO BE LET, the HULME GLASS WORKS, consisting of Two Glass Houses — one a ten pot furnace, the other a six pot ditto. Also warehouses, cutting-shop; a ten horse power steam engine. The works are complete for carrying on an extensive business, including pots, moulds, presses, &c. Apply to Mr. W. ROBINSON, Hulme Glass Works Brewery.'[4]

At some point James Derbyshire and Brother took over the works. They registered a number of designs in the 1860s, and changed the business name to J. J. & T Derbyshire c.1870. (James, John and Thomas Derbyshire). The partnership was dissolved in 1873. John Derbyshire established the Regent Road Flint Glass Works in Salford later that year. [5]


The 1844 O.S. map [6] shows the premises occupying a small plot of land on the north side of River Street, west of Medlock Street. One of the buildings is square, with a large circular chimney (this is presumably a glass cone). A tunnel runs under the cone, served by stairs.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] National Archives
  2. Manchester Times - Saturday 21 August 1841
  3. [2] Find a Grave website - Peter Robinson (1801-1870)
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 6 August 1859
  5. [3] The History of Molineaux, Webb and Co - Appendix B - The Decline of other Manchester Glass Companies
  6. The Godfrey Edition Old Ordnance Survey Town Plans: Manchester Sheet 38: 'Hulme 1844' [4]