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Manor Iron Works

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of Manor Road, Chelsea

Proprietors: David Lower, Henry M'Colley and Francis Hocking until 1850

Sometime before 1851 George Worssam, engineer, worked at the Manor Iron Works, Chelsea[1]

1850 Proprietors: Maurice Hartland Mahon and Thomas Hudson Holbrook, trading as Mahon and Holbrook, founders, smiths and iron merchants, until 1857

1857 Proprietors: Holbrook or Holbrook & Co, was still trading in 1872

1859 'On Friday evening the men employed at the Manor Iron Works, Chelsea, met together at the Coopers' Arms, Queen-street, their object being to present to their employer, T. H. Holbrook, Esq., a box of drawing instruments, as a token of their appreciation of his kindness towards them. This is the more pleasing occurring at a time when strikes are rife. The inscription on the box is as follows:- "Presented to Mr. T. H. Holbrook, Manor Iron Works, as a mark of respect, by his workmen, Nov. 11, 1859." '[2]

1869 Thomas Hudson Holbrook was described as an ironfounder, of Manor Iron Works[3]

1870 Partnership dissolved: 'J. Hudson Holbrook and George Masefield — trading as ironfounders and merchants, at the Manor iron works, Manor street, Chelsea, under the style or firm of Holbrook and Co. Sept. 20,1870.'[4]

c.1870 Robert Masefield, sub-manager, became managing partner - presumably R. Masefield and Co.

1871 Thomas Hendra is listed at the foundry address in Manor Road.[5]

1876 'The statue of the late Colonel Akeroyd, M.P. for Halifax, one of the last important works of the late M.P. Mr. John Birnie Philip, was cast in bronze on Saturday at the Manor Iron Works, Chelsea.'[6]

1886 Advertisement for the sale of 'Plant, Machinery, Stock, and Stores, comprising six self-acting slide and screw-cutting and hand lathes, from 6½ to 17½ centres, two hand lathes, powerful surfacing lathe, shaping machine by Francis Berry, with 12-inch stroke : two planing machines by Shepherd, Hill and Co.. will plane up to 4.9 by 4.9 by 18.0; slotting machine, 15-inch stroke: three double-geared drilling machines, double screwing machine, a 7½cwt. single standard steam hammer, by Davis and Primrose, punching and shearing machine, smiths' and engineers tools, two high-pressure horizontal engines, vertical engine, single-flue Cornish boiler, saw-bench, one 2-ton steam-derrick crane, by Cameron, four cranes up to 7-ton lift, six overhead travellers up to 20-ton lift, loam mill, brass furnace, vics and benches, shafting. pullies, and leather bands, 200 tons foundry boxes and plates, 60 tons iron patterns, valuable collection of wood patterns, 170 tons new South Staffordshire bar iron, 30 tons useful iron, 40 tons cast scrap, one ton steel, two tons scrap tin, ten tons new builders' castings, about 250 dozen new files, seven tons train rails, a 10-ton wagon weighbridge by Hodgson and Stead, weighing machines, 5-ton travelling jenny, ten crabs, ten lifting jacks. 30 new ranges and stoves, large Quantity of stores, pair-horse van, and numerous other effects — May be viewed .....'[7]

1906 F. H. Crittall was Managing Director of Manor Iron Works[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 7 November 1851
  2. West Middlesex Advertiser and Family Journal - Saturday 12 November 1859
  3. London Gazette 14 December 1869]
  4. Marylebone Mercury - Saturday 29 October 1870
  5. 1871 Census
  6. York Herald - Monday 14 February 1876
  7. London Evening Standard - Thursday 26 August 1886
  8. Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 09 February 1906
  • [1] National Portrait Gallery: British bronze sculpture founders and plaster figure makers, 1800-1980 - M.