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Joseph Wright and Sons

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of Saltley, Birmingham and an office in London

1837 Joseph Wright built coaches for the London and Southampton Railway

1838 He built for the London and Birmingham Railway

1845 Wright moved the carriage works from London to Birmingham where he purchased six acres of meadowland in Saltley, adjacent to the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway line, with the intention of building a factory for the production of railway rolling stock. Wright, realising that the future lay in the development of the railways devoted his energies, together with those of his sons to building rolling stock.

1849 Directory: Listed as manufacturers of railway equipment

1853 new buildings erected on the Saltley site

1855 Joseph Wright the elder left the Partnership with Henry Wright, and Joseph Wright the younger, carrying on business as Railway Carriage Manufacturers and Contractors, at Saltley, in the county of Warwick, under the style or firm of Joseph Wright and Sons[1]

1858 Employing 1,300 persons

1859 Benjamin Wright left partnership.

1862 1862 London Exhibition: Catalogue: Class V.: Joseph Wright and Sons

1862 March. Joseph Wright and Sons registered as a Limited Company as the Metropolitan Railway Carriage and Wagon Co with a nominal capital of £100,000

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 8 May 1857