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James Northam

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James Northam (1772-1856)

1851 Living at Commercial Road, Exeter: James Northam (age 79 born Dalwood, Dorset), Iron and Brass Founder employing 13 men and 3 boys. In the house of his daughter Joanna Flandell and her family.[1]

1856 Sale of business. 'Established 50 Years TO be SOLD by Private Contract, under the will of the late Proprietor (Mr. James Northam) deceased, the whole of the IRON AND BRASS FOUNDRY BUSINESS, Stock-in-Trade, and Premises, where a respectable Business has been carried on for upwards of 50 Years. The Premises consist of Foundry, with frontage of 144 feet, Dwelling-house and Garden, and Four Tenements, altogether occupying a space 144 feet by 107 feet, and are advantageously situated in one of the most favorable Business parts of the City. The Trade is still continued the same manner it has been for many years the Family, and is capable of great extension. Application to be made by letter to the Acting Executor, Mr. J. W. Tucker, the Foundry, Commercial-road...'[2]

1856 November 7th. Died. 'Nov. 7, at the Shilhay, Exeter, aged 85, Mr. James Northam, iron founder, truly respectable and respected citizen.'[3]

1857 The premises of James Northam bought by Taylor and Ford. 'Northam's Iron and Brass Foundry, Commercial Road, Exeter.....Messrs. Taylor and Ford beg to inform the public that they have purchased from the Executors of the late Mr. James Northam the above extensive and well-known Premises, together with the whole of the valuable Working Plant, Patterns, Stock-in-Trade, &c.'[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. Western Times - Saturday 19 April 1856
  3. Western Times - Saturday 17 November 1855
  4. Exeter Flying Post - Thursday 25 June 1857