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Muspratt and Co

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Muspratt and Co, chemical manufacturers, of Newton-le-Willows

1828 James Muspratt was forced out of Liverpool for polluting the atmosphere. He built a new works at St Helens in partnership with another Irish chemist, Josias Gamble.

1830 The partnership ended. Muspratt moved to Newton-le-Willows on the St Helens Canal.

From 1832 until 1850 Muspratt was continually involved in litigation concerning the emissions from the works; in the end the works had to be closed.

1838 Established new works under the superintendence of James Young[1]

1840 After 2 years, the attempt to develop the process were stopped and a Leblanc plant constructed.

1841 Muspratt and Co had a rail connection to the Liverpool and Manchester and the Grand Junction where a fatal accident happened[2].

1843 Apparatus for the manufacture of the Prussiates of Potash.

1850 Newton works was closed.

Muspratt's sons, Richard and Frederic, opened successful new works at Flint (as Muspratt Bros. and Huntley) and Widnes.

1858 Partnership dissolved of Muspratt and Co, of Liverpool and Flint[3].

1867 Muspratt and Co had chemical works at Flint[4].

Also see James Muspratt and Sons

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Sources of Information

  1. Some of the founders of the chemical industry [1]
  2. The Times, 24 December 1841
  3. Bradford Observer, 7 January 1858
  4. The Times, 3 September 1867