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John Holden and Co (Bacup)

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1838 Advert: 'Valuable Machinery for Preparing, Spinning, and Doubling Cotton, and Weaving Fustians and Calicoes; large Steam Boilers, Gas Apparatus. Sizing and Drying Machines, Lathes, Screw and Hand Planing Machines. Upright Drill, Horses, Carts, Cranes, &c.
By T. M. FISHER (by order of the assignees of John Holden and Co., and free from auction duty), on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 19th, 20th, and 21st of September next, at the mill and premises situate at Bacup in the county of Lancaster; sale to commence each at ten o'clock precisely:
The Whole of the valuable MACHINERY, which comprises willow with self-acting motion; single scutcher in iron frame; two lap machines in ditto, all 44 inches on the beater; six double carding engines, 44 in. on the wire with licker-in, ten working rollers, ten clearers in polished iron frames, by Hibbert and Platt and 3 by Wood; single carding engine, 48 in on the wire.... 8 roving frames ..... all by Walker, Smith and Co; .... mules... by Albinson .... fifty-five 50 in. fustian looms, by Albinson; forty-four ditto by John Smith; twenty-six 3-4 ditto, by ditto; sixty-one ditto, and forty-two calico looms by Kay, and eight fustian looms by John Wood; steam boiler with one flue, 32ft. 9in. by 7ft. lin., ditto with two flues, 32ft. 9ft., both with Stanley's patent feeding apparatus; gas apparatus, including three retorts, 8ft. by 1ft. 6in.; eight pairs of pipe condensors, each eighteen feet long, with bends; wet and dry lime purifiers, gasometer, fifteen feet diameter, eighteen feet deep; pipes, and burners; excellent sizing and drying machine, with cylinders, by Mathers; reeds and gears; spare beams, spindles, pullies, tappetts, straps, oil cans and cistern; card, roving, and waste cans; skewers, bobbins, making-up press, scales, beams, and weights, counters, drawers, eight-days' clock; counting-house desks and fixtures; also one 9, one 10, and one 11 in. double geared hand lathes, with face plates; speeds, chucks, dogs, rests, turning tools, compasses and callipers, vices and benches, screw machine, upright drill, capital hand planing machine, Collier and Platt; three pair of stocks, with taps and dies complete; spin wheel 8ft. 4in.diameter, ditto 4ft. 6in diameter, both 3 1/4 inch pitch, smiths' bellows, two anvils, two swage blocks, screwing block, hammers, chisels, punches, files, swages, screwkeys, loom and other patterns, two cranes with rope falls quantity of dressed stone, wheelbarrows, ladders three capital draught horses, in good working condition; pack cart, and two coal carts, all with 6-inch wheels, and iron arms; and two sets of shaft and one set of leading geers. .....'[1]

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  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 25 August 1838