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John Bradley (1769-1816)
1769 John Bradley was born; he was son of a Stourbridge ironmonger, Gabriel Bradley (1726-1771).
1795 Bradley entered the iron business, trading at the Stourbridge Forge.
1802 He founded a new company, John Bradley and Co. He was the managing partner; finance was provided by Thomas Jukes Collier (1761-1845) and the trustees of his stepfather, Henry Foster (1743-1793), each with a third share in the company.
The company soon set up a forge, steam engine and mills and began by converting pig iron into wrought iron plates and rods for local industry. Expansion was rapid and leases were secured on further forges and land.
1813 the Stourbridge Iron Works obtained a contract to purchase the entire production of pig iron from New Hadley Furnaces for seven years at a guaranteed price
1816 John Bradley died.