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John Bowes Esq. and Partners

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John Bowes Esq. and Partners of Marley Hill Colliery

1839 The Marley Hill Coal Co. was formed by John Bowes, his mother and her husband William Hutt, and Nicholas Wood to exploit the coals on the Gibside estate. They secured excellent coking coals at Marley Hill, but the concern languished as none of the partners was willing to dedicate himself to it.

1844/5 The ownership of the Marley Hill Coal Co. became John Bowes, Sir William Butt, Nicholas Wood and Charles Mark Palmer.

By 1846 Palmer was managing partner of this business and the Marley Hill Coking Co. He rapidly increased outputs and found sales in Britain and France.

1847 The company was renamed as John Bowes Esq. and Partners

By the 1850s, owned 14 collieries producing about 1 million tons of coal each year.

1854 One locomotive built and named Daniel O'Rourke

1860 Lady Strathmore (wife of William Hutt) died, leaving her husband the interest in collieries

Presumably succeeded by John Bowes and Partners


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Sources of Information


  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • Biography of Charles Mark Palmer, ODNB