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Ormrod and Lees

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of Seacombe, Cheshire and Seacombe Foundry, Liverpool.

1827 Advert: 'STEAM ENGINE — A SEVENTEEN HORSE STEAM ENGINE (without Boiler), made by Boulton and Watt, TO BE DISPOSED OF.— It is in excellent Condition, having lately had a thorough Repair, with a new Set of Side Pipes, D Valves.
For further Particulars, apply to Richard Ormrod, St. George's Foundry, Manchester ; or Ormrod and Lees, Seacombe Foundry, Liverpool.'[1]

1828 'We understand that the performance of the machinery of the new steamer Herald, of Liverpool, was found to be so satisfactory as to cause her proprietors to try her speed with one the post-office packets; and it must a source of no inconsiderable gratification to the engineers, Messrs. Ormrod and Lees, of Seacombe, that the first pair of engines they have constructed of large power, should prove so efficient as to render the speed of the Herald not inferior to that of the Etna, the packet with which she was placed in competition. The Herald was built by Mr. Mulvey of this city. Her burthen is 300 tons, her engines 130 horses' power, and she is to ply between Liverpool and Bristol, thereby opening a most desirable communication between the north and the West of England.'[2]

1829 Bankrupts: 'ORMROD Richard and Jonathan Lees, all of Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, and Seacombe, in the county of Chester, iron founders, steam engine manufacturers, d.c. (carrying on business at Seacombe aforesaid, under the firm of Ormrod and Lees): June 17 at nine, June 18, July 14, at two, Palace Inn, Manchester. Sol Mr. Hampson, Manchester. Pet ers James Hatton and Co. Salford, iron merchants. Sealed May 30.[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 22 March 1827
  2. Chester Chronicle - Friday 25 July 1828
  3. Manchester Mercury, 9 June 1829