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London and Birmingham Steam Carriage Co

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London and Birmingham Steam Carriage Co formed to develop the ideas of William Church

1832 August. Prospectus published for 10,000 shares at £20 each. Initial shareholders are John Rotton, Joshua Scholefield, Henry Van Wart, Joseph Stock and S. A. Goddard.[1] [2]

1834 October. General meeting called with William Chance as chairman and S. A. Goddard as acting secretary.[3] [4] [5]

1835 April. Special meeting with Joshua Scholefield MP, in the chair.[6]

1836 June. Successful tests of the 'Pioneer' reaching speeds of 35 mph.[7]

1836 July. AGM held with Jonathan Worthington of Stourport in the chair. 'an engine in every way efficient has been completed'.[8]

1837 May. Company dissolved.[9]

1837 June. Premises in Bordesley Green, with stock and tools to be sold.[10]

1837 Sale Notice: 'ToLocomotive Engine Builders, Engineers, and others.
To be Sold, the Steam Carriages, Coaches, Omnibusses, and Steam Engines belonging to the London and Birmingham Steam Carriage Company, the whole of which are of a very superior description.
Also the complete working Tools, Steam Engine, and Machinery at the Company's Works at Bordesley Green, near Birmingham.
The Steam Engine is high pressure, and upon an improved principle. The Working Tools consist of slide, screw, and, other lathes, drilling and grooving machines, with a very complete assortment of the usual small tools for fitters, smiths, pattern-makers, &c.
Also to be sold the Lease of the Premises consisting of a good House and Workshops accommodate fifty pairs of hands, which may be greatly extended, as there is upwards of an acre of land adjoining.
A full complement of first-rate workmen are now employed, who will probably be anxious to continue their services. The Works are situated within a short distance of the terminations of the London and Birmingham Grand Junction and Gloucester Railways, and other peculiar advantages for the establishment an extensive Manufactory for building and repairing locomotive engines.
For further particulars and to treat for the above apply Mr. W. R. Kettle, 98, Suffolk-street, Birmingham.'[11]


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Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Gazette - Monday 28 May 1832
  2. Birmingham Gazette - Monday 06 August 1832
  3. Birmingham Gazette - Monday 13 October 1834
  4. Birmingham Gazette - Monday 10 November 1834
  5. Birmingham Gazette - Monday 17 November 1834
  6. Birmingham Gazette - Monday 04 May 1835
  7. Berrow's Worcester Journal, Thursday, June 25, 1835
  8. Berrow's Worcester Journal, Thursday, July 07, 1836
  9. Birmingham Gazette - Monday 15 May 1837
  10. Birmingham Gazette - Monday 05 June 1837
  11. Aris's Birmingham Gazette, 5 June 1837