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Leftwich Iron Foundry

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of Leftwich, Northwich

1821 Partnership dissolved: Thomas Eaton, Robert Eaton, James Eaton, and William Eaton of Leftwich, Cheshire, Iron-founders, 30 June;— All debts due to and from the concern will be received and paid by R. and W. Eaton.'[1] Same foundry?

1821 Partnership dissolved: R. J. and W. Eaton, Leftwich, Cheshire, iron founders.[2].

1835 Sale notice: 'VALUABLE IRON FOUNDRY, BUTTON MOULD, and BONE MANUFACTORY, consisting of Iron Foundry with furnaces, workshops, warehouse, mill house, crushing amachine, steam engine, large yard, wharf, and every convenience necessary for carrying on an extensive business. Also a convenient DWELLING HOUSE, stable, cow-house, and other outbuildings. The site or ground plot at the premises contains 2,725 yards of Land, superficial measure, situated in Leftwich, near to Northwich, aforesaid, on the turnpike road leading from Northwlch to Middlewich ; the navigable river Weaver is on the westerly side thereof, and there is a wharf forty yards in length. The river Weaver is for vessels of a hundred tons burthen. .... The whole is in the possession Mr. William Stork. ...'[3]

1837 Partnership dissolved: Thomas Dunn and John Johnson, Leftwich, Cheshire, iron founders [4]. Note: This was probably Thomas Dunn who established Thomas Dunn and Co in Pendleton.

1840 Sale notice: 'LEFTWICH FOUNDRY, NORTHWICH. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY Mk. N. PASS. On MONDAY, the 15th day of JUNE, 1840, on the Premises at LEFTWICH IRON FOUNDRY, Northwich, in the County of Chester, THE whole of the MACHINES, TOOLS, FURNACES, PATTERNS, MOULDINGS, BOXES, CASTINGS, STEAM ENGINES. &c., &c., the property of Mrs. Johnson, consisting of two very excellent back gear lathes, with rests, chucks, and tools, quite complete; an excellent powerful screwing machine, with its own set of patterns; grindstone and iron cistern; large lathe, with connecting gearing; two sets of patterns for steam engines, on approved principles, complete; a great variety of patterns, which have been recently selected and arranged with much care and at considerable expense, and are all nearly new; two furnaces and bellows; an assortment of moulding boxes sundry castings, smithy tools, &c., &c., together with an excellent steam engine, five horse power, and other effects....'[5]

The foundry was evidently occupied by W. E. Bates and Sons from 1867.

1921 Business and premises to be transferred to Brunner, Mond and Co [6]

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Sources of Information

  1. Law Chronicle, Commercial and Bankruptcy Register - Thursday 12 July 1821
  2. New Times (London) - 9 July 1821
  3. Chester Courant - 5 May 1835
  4. Birmingham Journal - Saturday 23 September 1837
  5. Macclesfield Courier and Herald - 6 June 1840
  6. Western Morning News, 9 May 1921 - prospectus for Brunner, Mond & Co