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John Stanley

From Graces Guide

of Back Watling Street, Shudehill, Manchester, later of Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester.

Machine makers

1826 'PATENT FIRING MACHINE. By His Majesty’s Royal Letters Patent. JOHN STANLEY, sole Inventor, and the only real Patentee of the SELF-ACTING FEEDING MACHINE, for fueling, or supplying of Furnaces in general with fuel, begs leave to inform the Public, that the above Machine has been approved of the best Mechanics and Engineers, for its utility in feeding Steam Engines, and other Boilers, with fuel, whereby a considerable reduction in the consumption of fuel, and the appearance of smoke, as well as a saving of labour, is effected. For a view of the Machine, and the manner of its operation, apply to John Stanley, Back Watling-street, Shudehill, Manchester. John Stanley having been credibly informed that a certain person in Manchester has for some time past been practising an imposition on the Public, by vending a Machine similar to the one above-mentioned, and for which he pretends to have a Patent, takes leave on the present occasion to assure the Public, that diligent search has been made at the Patent Office, and that no Patent has ever been granted to any person for the Machine in question but to himself; and he hereby gives Notice, that any person who shall, after the date hereof, offer to Sale, or make use of his Machine, or of his propelling Fans, acting either perpendicular or horizontal, or shall otherwise infringe upon his said Patent, will be proceeded against either by injunction, or in such manner may be deemed advisable. Manchester,. 22d Sept. 1826.'[1]

The 1828-29 Pigot's Directory for Ashton-under-Lyne included John Stanley, ironfounder, Oldham Road, Ashton. Same person?

1841 Stanley & Walmsley listed as Patentees for moveable grate bars for steam engine boilers; John Stanley - Patent firing machine and general machine maker, 52 Great Bridgewater Street[2]

1842 'Sale of Valuable Tools, Planing Machine, Slide and other Lathes, Upright Drilling Machine, Steam Engines.
By T. M. FISHER, on Wednesday, the 8th day June, (and not on Wednesday, 25th May, as before adverted,) at the Mill belonging to the Executors of the late Mr.Stanley, Great Bridgewater-street, Manchester: .....An Assortment of TOOLS, by first-rate makers, which will be sold without the least reserve, to close an account, including power planing machine, will plane 6ft. long, 2ft. 6in. wide, and cut, 2ft. deep, self-acting in the angular, vertical, and horizontal cuts, with Roberts's patent action for cutting both ways; 16-inch raised to 26-inch double geared slide lathe, bed 15ft. long, 1ft. 8 1/2in. wide, with face plate 2ft. diameter, graduated face plate 4ft. 6in. diameter, compound slide rest, change wheels, cast iron rack and break to take in wheels 6ft. diameter ; 15-inch double geared slide lathe, with bed 15ft. long, 2ft. 1in. wide, compound slide rest, regulating screw, expanding nut and change wheels for screw cutting: 18 inch double geered slide lathe, bed feet long. 2f. 1 in. wide, with carriage, compound slide rest and regulating screw, (the headstocks of this lathe are planed but not fitted up:) two : 10-inch double geared slide lathes, each with bed 16 feet long, ..... double-geared portable upright drilling machine, will take in 20 inches diameter, and drill 9 inches deep; single speed upright drilling machine; hand drilling machine; bench planing and filing machine; boring machine (not finished)......[3]

1842 'Lathes, High-pressure Steam Engine, Smiths' and Moulders Tools, &c. By T. M. FISHER, on Monday, the 11th day of July, 1842, at the Mill belonging to the executors the late Mr. Stanley, Great Bridgewater-street, Manchester; sale to commence punctually at two o'clock in the afternoon: AN Excellent Nine-inch Double-geared LATHE, ten-inch ditto, eight-inch and 7-inch single speed ditto, all with face plates, chucks, rests, and driving apparatus: cast-iron lathe with planed surface, 17 feet long; portable upright drilling machine, hand and rack drills, two patent vices by White, five bench vices, two grindstones with cast iron troughs, cold chisels, maundrills. screw keys, hammers. braces. Vice bench, slide rest, one three-horse and one four-horse portable high-pressure steam engine, three pairs of blocks and rope, two circular saws, driving straps, bar and scrap iron, cast-iron patterns for Stanley's patent firing machines, wood patterns for small steam engines, oil cistern with glass guage and taps; barril, spur wheel, and pinion, for large crab crane; beam, scales and weights; patent portable weighing machine, thirty-eight staved ladder, hand cart, two wheelbarrows, pair of patent smiths' bellows with water tue iron, two anvils, smiths' tools. three pairs of stocks, taps and dies, frame and shank ladles lifting plates, rammers, moulders' boxes and weights, other effects.— May be viewed on Saturday, the 9th July and catalogues had on the premises; or from the Auctioneer 17, Princess-street, Manchester.[4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 30th September 1826
  2. Pigot & Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1841
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 28 May 1842
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 9th July 1842