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John Wilson Patten and Co

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1717 Thomas Patten erected a copper works at Bank Quay, Warrington[1]

1719 The Cheadle Company was formed by Thomas Patten and his associates; they took the lease on the Alton Mill which they converted to making wire and established a new joint stock company for making wire[2]

1734 Cheadle Copper and Brass Co was formed in Staffordshire, to use copper mined in the Moorlands, for making brass pins[3].

1755 The partnership took over a copper works that Patten had set up (outside the partnership) at Greenfield in Flintshire.

1764 A brass wire manufactory was also set up at Greenfield.

1767 All of the various factories were brought within the partnership, including a works at Warrington.

1780 A small copper works at Cheadle was absorbed. Around the same time the Neath Abbey Copper Works was acquired.

1782 The Bank Quay works was closed

1790 Smelting works erected at Penclawdd in South Wales - this became Cheadle Brass Wire Co

1819 John Wilson-Patten (1802-1892), second son of Thomas Patten (1770-1827) (later known as Thomas Wilson), became heir to the family industrial wealth and church livings of Warrington and land in Lancashire, Cheshire and Staffordshire.

1823 When he came of age he adopted the name of Wilson Patten, no longer being bound by the injunction of the Rev. Thomas Wilson, by which his father had acquired the estates of his great-uncle.

1827 Following his father’s death in December, John Wilson Patten became a partner in the family firm, the patent roller manufacturers John Wilson Patten and Company of Oakmoor Mills, Cheadle

1852 Thomas Bolton purchased the assets of the Cheadle Copper and Brass Works from John Wilson Patten and Co. The deal included Oakmoor Mills at Cheadle[4].


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Sources of Information

  1. Some founders of the chemical industry, by J Fenwick Allen, 1907[1]
  2. English Brass and Copper Industries to 1880, by Henry Hamilton [2]
  3. Staffordshire Working Lives [3]
  4. National Archives [4]