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Joseph Taylor (of Manchester)

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1795 Bankrupt. 'Joseph Taylor, of Manchester in the County of Lancaster, Machine-Maker, Dealer and Chapman'[1]

1795 Advert: 'To be SOLD by AUCTION,
By Order the Assignees of Joseph Taylor, a Bankrupt, ...... All that PLOT of LAND, situate on the westerly Side of a certain Street in Manchester aforesaid, formerly known by the Name of Garratt-lane, and now called Brook-street, containing 3141 Yards, or thereabouts.
And also all that large well-built Dwelling Home, four Stories high, and containing five Rooms on a Floor.
And also all that other well-built Dwelling House, four Stories high, with three Rooms on a floor, and other conveniencies.
And also all that large well-built Cotton Factory, twenty-three yards and three quarters long by eleven Yards and a half wide, four Stories high, with loft in the Roof; all which are erected upon the said Plot of Land.
The first-mentioned House is not entirely finished, though most of the Materials are worked out, and ready for fixing, and will, when finished, will be very suitable for an Inn or Public House, it having been built for that Purpose.
A Tunnel of Water runs under the Premises; and they are very eligibly situated between the Rochdale Canal and the River Medlock.
A Part of the Bed of the River bounding one Side the Plot of Land will be sold with the premises.
A Part only of the Land is covered with Buildings, so that the Remainder holds out a very desirable Situation for erecting Factories, especially as the Purchaser will have the Right of opening Sluices into the Tunnel, and using the Water for working Steam Engines. .....'[2]. Note: This may be the site later occupied by the Old Garratt Dye Works of James and John M. Worrall, with the 'Tunnel of Water' being the culverted Shooter's Brook. However, the site might have been slightly further north, as a later advert provides more information:-

1800 Advert: To be Sold by AUCTION.... by order of the Assignees of Joseph Taylor, Bankrupt;
All that large and commodious Messuage or Dwelling House, situate near the canal bridge in Brook-street, in Manchester, lately erected and built by the said Bankrupt, for the purpose of an Inn, for which it peculiarly well adapted, containing five rooms on a floor, with convenient cellars, &c., and being four stories high, with the advantage of a double front to Brook-street, and Hunt-street, now in the occupation of Wm. Moult, as tenant thereof at will.
Also a convenient plot of Building Land adjoining the above Messuage, containing with the scite of the above Messuage 1238 square yards, subject to a yearly rent in fee of 33l.
The vacant land would form an eligible situation for a Factory, or other works requiring the power of a steam engine, there being a navigable tunnel under it already made, which would furnish condensing water, and bring coal and other articles from the Duke Bridgewater's canal, without the expence of land carriage. The whole premises are distant only about 70 yards from the Rochdale canal. ....[3] This shows that the 'tunnel of water' was not the culverted Shooter's Brook, but the Duke of Bridgewater's Canal tunnel which branched off the River Medlock and ran north east to Shooter's Brow.

1797 'Joseph Taylor, of Manchester in the County of Lancaster, Machine-Maker, Dealer and Chapman, a Bankrupt, did, previous to his Bankruptcy, purchase Two certain Plots of Land, the one containing 11,387 square Yards, and the other 228 square Yards, both situate and being at Caleybangs, near Garratt, within Manchester aforesaid, jointly with John Goodier, of Manchester'[4]

1815 A Joseph Taylor was listed as a machine maker at 10 Naylor Street, Manchester[5]

1825 A Joseph Taylor was listed as a machine maker and Stanhope printing press maker, and turner in wood and metal, 42 Minshull Street. House: 37 Falkner Street[6].

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Gazette Issue 13818 published on the 29 September 1795
  2. Manchester Mercury, 17 October 1797
  3. Manchester Mercury, 1 April 1800
  4. [2] Gazette Issue 14067 published on the 21 November 1797
  5. [3] 1814-15 Wardle and Bentham's Directory: Manchester
  6. 'History, Directory, and Gazeteer of the County of Lancaster', Vol 2, by Edward Baines and W. Parson