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Parkinson and Yates

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of Blackburn

Engineers and Ironfounders

1828 Listed as engineers and millwrights, Cleaver Street [1]

1836 'Apprentices —Henry Aspinall and Joshua Stoddart, apprentices to Messrs. Parkinson and Yates, iron founders, answered to a summons, charging them with unruly and disorderly conduct in the service of their masters. It appeared from the indentures which were produced, that they were bound to serve their masters in the present year, for nine shillings each per week, and not to absent themselves by night or by day without leave. They had, however, according to the statement of Mr. Makinson and the evidence, received considerable extra sums for over time, so as to make their wages sometimes as high as two pounds per week, and the having so much money at their command, had led them into excesses which compelled them leave the town. They were absent for sixty or sixty-five days, and on their return to Blackburn, were received back by their masters, on the promise of better behaviour; since that period their conduct and expressions have been far from consonant with their undertaking, and occasion, they had gone to the length of demanding from Mr.Yates fourteen shillings per week, working from six o'clock in the morning till six at night, and journeymen's wages for over time. Because this was refused, they determined upon leaving work precisely at six o'clock every night, which was a great inconvenience to their employers, and the cause of serious loss. Mr. Makinson said, there were eight other apprentices all looking to the result of this case, and it was necessary, for the protection of the masters, to make an example of these young men, unless they would amend their conduct. The Magistrates left them to choose whether they would in future behave themselves as apprentices ought to do, or go to the tread mill for three months. Mr Backhouse attended for the defendants.' [2]

1841 Death notice: 'On Monday, the 22d ult., aged 49, Mr. George Parkinson, of the firm of Messrs, Parkinson and Yates, ironfounders, Blackburn.' [3]

1849 Advertisement: 'ON SALE. A Good Twelve-horse CONDENSING STEAM ENGINE, made by Yates and Parkinson, and may be seen at work by applying at Messrs. LIVESEYS and RODGETT’S Mills. Blackburn, Nov. 19th, 1849.' [4]


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Sources of Information

  1. Pigot's Directory for 1828-29
  2. Blackburn Standard, 28 September 1836
  3. Liverpool Mercury, 5 March 1841
  4. Blackburn Standard, 21 November 1849