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Marshall, Hutton and Co

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near Shrewsbury

Possibly also Marshall, Hutton & Hives. In 1804 John Marshall had grown dissatisfied with his minority holding in the Ditherington Flax Mill ; he bought out the other two partners. He appointed two men from the works as junior partners, John Hives and William Hutton, who were later joined by a third, Moses Atkinson.

1811 'DESTRUCTIVE STORM [floods]...... At Hanwood the damages done in the linen mills of Marshall, Hutton, and Co. it is said, will amount to some £6,000...'[1]

1811 'A very alarming fire broke out, at six o’clock on Thursday evening, in the flax-dressers’ room at the linen-factory of Messrs. Marshall, Hutton, and Co. near Shrewsbury ; and in about half an hour the roof fell in, and the building, which is 40 or 50 yards in extent, exhibited the appearance of an immense furnace of flame. Much anxiety was entertained for the chief part of the factory, in which the mill, looms, &c. were situated ; but happily the fire was prevented from communicating, by the exertions of the engineers, and in consequence of its being connected by only a fire-proof staircase. The fire after preying upon whatever could be consumed in the interior of the apartment where it commenced, was completely subdued about 11 o’clock; and we have the satisfaction to state, that the mischief is far less than was at first imagined; the stock, we believe, was insured. The factory was lighted by gas; and it is said that the accident was occasioned by the busting of one of the feeders of the gas-lights.'[2]


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Sources of Information

  1. Cheltenham Chronicle - Thursday 6 June 1811
  2. Oxford University and City Herald - Saturday 2 November 1811