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Mersey Wire Mill Co

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of Bank Quay, Warrington

1806 Advertisement: 'TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
(By order of the assignees, and before the major part of the commissioners named in commission of bankrupt, now in prosecution against George Ainsworth and John Stephens, late trading under the firm of the Mersey Wire Mill Company ; and also in a separate commission of bankrupt against the said George Ainsworth.)
At the Globe Tavern, in John-street, in Liverpool, in the county of Lancaster, Monday the 5th day of January next, 1807, eleven o'clock the forenoon, (subject to such conditions as will be then produced;)
ALL that capital MANUFACTORY, lately erected, for the purpose of drawing wire, situate at Bank Quay, in Warrington, in the said county, called the Mersey Wire Works, consisting of a capacious and very substantial iron forge and wire-mill, with all the requisite work-shops, store-houses, and buildings for refining and manufacturing of iron and drawing wire, on a scale of great magnitude.
The forge contains a large iron lift hammer and two pair of rolls and shears, with the necessary flywheels, large iron shafts and gearing, and one preparing fire, three reverbatory furnaces, two hollow fires, with the blowing engine and regulator complete; the whole on the most approved construction, and worked by a new and well finished steam engine on the late patent principle, fully equal to 25 horses power, with two large boilers.
The wire mill consists of ground flour, containing three scowering barrels, with all the cast iron wheels, tumbling shafts, cranks, and gearing requisite for working six pair of large tongs on the first floor, and 20 wire drawing-blocks on the second floor, with a large work-shop on the attic story capable of containing upwards of 100 hand blocks, this apparatus, which is all new and well adapted is worked by an excellent new steam engine, constructed by Messrs. Fenton, Murray and Wood, fully equal to 20 horses power, with one large boiler.
The works are advantageously situated, contiguous to the navigable River Mersey, and also near to the Sankey Canal, whence an unlimited supply of coals may always be had at a moderate expence, and are well calculated for either drawing of iron, or brass wire for rolling of copper bolts and sheet copper or manufacturing hoops, or at a comparatively small expence may be converted into corn mills, or into cotton or other manufactories, where great power, extensive premises, and a populous neighbourhood are primary objects. The premises will be conveyed free from incumbrance, for the remainder of a term of two thousand years, which commenced the 21st day of December, 1768.
The purchaser may, if he chooses, take all the loose materials, &c. consisting of bar-iron, timber, fire-bricks, smiths and other tools, &c. at a valuation to be made in a manner agreed upon at the time of sale otherwise they will afterwards Sold by Auction of which public notice will given.
For further particulars apply to Messrs. Thomas Ryder and Co. iron-masters, Acton Bridge, near Northwich; Mr. Rowlinson, attorney, Liverpool; and to Mr. Ainsworth, Warrington, who will show the premises.' [1]

Note: Was the above-mention Thomas Ryder Thomas Ryder (Salford), who was formerly connected with Marston Forge?

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Sources of Information

  1. Chester Courant, 23 December 1806