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R. Cowen and Co

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also Bell and Cowen

of Beck Works, Nottingham

Presumably the business of Robert Cowen (1794-1870), established in 1822

1831 Advert:
TAKE this opportunity of expressing their thanks to the Bobbin and Carriage Manufacturers, and the Trade in general, for that very liberal support and decided preference they have hitherto received ; and, in soliciting their future commands, beg to assure them that nothing shall be wanting to promote their interests and secure their confidence.
R. C. and Co. beg to inform the Machine Builders they have now just set up A PLANING MACHINE AND LATHE, OF THE FIRST QUALITY, Made by Mr. J. Fox, of Derby, and which only need to be known to be approved. Rotary Machine Builders will find here everything to answer their purpose.
R. C. and Co. have recently established a BRASS and IRON FOUNDRY, and are prepared to execute orders for any description of Casting, and to any extent, on the shortest notice, and at such Prices as will enable them to compete with any House in the Trade.
R. C. and Co. have constantly on hand, a Stock of Register Stoves and Chimney Pieces. Half Register Stoves, and Stove Grates ; Cast, Brass, and Green Fenders, uniform Ovens and Boilers, Kitchen Grates, with COOKING APPARATUS complete ; Grates, Palisading, Pans, &c. &c. Also Bobbin, Carriage, Bolt, and Catch Bar Brass ; Carriage, Bolt, and Comb Iron ; Copper, Brass, Pusher, and Iron Wire ; Brass Combs, &c. for Framesmiths ; Block Tin and Lead ; Cast and Shear Steel and Files ; Bar and Sheet Iron of every sort ; in fact, the Trade will find at their Works a Repository of every Article adapted to it, of the best Quality, and at the lowest Prices. All kinds of Wrought Iron Work executed to order.
A CLERK WANTED. Apply at the Establishment.' [1]

W. BELL (late of LONG ROW, Ironmonger) having, in conjunction with E. COWEN, purchased these intensive and old-established Works, which are now carrying on under the firm of "BELL and COWEN," they beg to apprise their Friends and the Public in general, that they are manufacturing, as heretofore, the following Articles, viz.:—
STEAM ENGINES and BOILERS, fitted up complete.
Wrought Iron PANS, suitable for Bleachers and Dyers.
Wrought Iron TANKS and GASOMETERS of every description.
Hydraulic and Screw PRESSES, upon the most approved principle.
Slide LATHES, of various sizes, upright DRILLS, Iron planing, Screw cutting, Iron rolling, Shafting and Pullies complete for MACHINERY, of the best kind, Steam Piping, &c. for Manufactories.
Also the manufacturing of the most improved COOKING APPARATUS, with and without Steam Closets.
Register and every description of STOVE GRATES, Bronzed and Black-leaded FENDERS, in great variety.
Dr. Arnott's celebrated STOVE, made in the best manner, round and square, plain and ornamental.
Uniform OVENS and_ BOILERS, from 11 to 18 inches.
Machinery CASTINGS, both in Iron and Brass.
Wrought and Cast Iron PALISADING fitted up with an Improved Cast Iron Coping.
Iron HURDLES and FENCING for Parks;
and Smith's Work, in all its branches.
Every Article made in a superior manner, and at reasonable prices.
B. and C. having, since their commencement, gone minutely into the prime cost of every Article manufactured at the BECK WORKS, they are enabled to offer Goods to their Friends on much better terms than before.
N.B. particular attention paid to Break-downs of Steam Engines, and repairs of Engine Boilers. A set of men kept expressly for that purpose.' [2]

1858 Robert Cowen retired from business; his son George Roberts Cowen continued the business as G. R. Cowen and Co

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Sources of Information

  1. Nottingham Review and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties - Friday 25 February 1831
  2. Nottingham Journal - Friday 10 January 1840