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Isca Foundry and Engineering Co

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1870. Miller's Safety Boiler.
1871. Miller's Tubulous Boiler.
February 1929.
'Wireworks Bridge' over the River Wye at Tintern
Nameplate of 'Wireworks Bridge'
December 1929.

of Newport, Monmouth. (1871 advert)

of 10 Bush Lane, Cannon, Street, London, EC.

Makers of water tube boilers, engines, iron bridges, cranes, railway switches, turntables, etc.

1859 'NEWPORT. FATAL ACCIDENT. —On Monday afternoon, about four o'clock, an accident of a most shocking character took place at the Isca Foundry, Pillgwenlly, by which a young man named William Chandler, 26 years of age, and a native of Reading, in Berkshire, lost his life. Having got entangled in the fly-wheel of the machinery, his right arm was torn from his body, and broken between the wrist and the elbow ; his head was cut right through and otherwise dreadfully crushed, with every other part of his body, especially his legs and feet, which were smashed horribly.'[1]

1862 Patent. '943. And Robert Moore Toogood and John Laybourne, both of Newport, in the county of Monmouth, Engineers, trading as the "Isca Foundry Company," have given the like notice in respect of the invention of "an improvement in railway crossings."'[2]

1882 Supplied the cast iron plates and other ironwork for Hereford water tower. Defects and delays reported at great length[3]

1922 Manufacture of switches and crossings, turntables, water cranes, tanks, signals, roofs and bridges contractors' and colliery plant, castings.

Location: The foundry was located in the Pillgwenlly area of the City of Newport. For location, seen item 23 on Map 2 in Newport Engineering Works - Location Map

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Sources of Information

  1. Hereford Times, 25th June 1859
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:12 August 1862 Issue:22652 Page:3998
  3. Hereford Times, 9 December 1882