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of Worsley Mesnes Ironworks, Wigan.
1850 The business started as R. and J. Coupe at Clayton Lane, Wigan. Younger brother Edward later joined the business.
1863 They moved to a new factory at Worsley Mesnes in 1863/1864.
1868 Winding engine for Blacklyhurst Colliery, St Helens. See illustration. Cylinders 24" dia, 5 ft stroke 
pre-1871: Winding engines, 12" bore 3' 6" stroke, with 12' drum, for hauling barrows for blast furnace charging at the Hematite Ironworks, Askam-in-Furness
1871 Advertisement: 'MESSRS. R. J. & E. COUPE, Engineers, of Worsley Mesnes Ironworks, Wigan, have great pleasure informing their Friends and the Public that they have taken the Salford Brewery, Worsley-street, Salford, for Show Rooms, in which they have now stored several horizontal high-pressure steam engines. Some are fitted out in pairs complete, colliery winding engines, with slot link motion, though equally well adapted for manufacturing purposes; others, again, are the ordinary engines, suitable either for winding or for regular turning, required. As engines are being constantly taken from and added to stock, it is impossible to particularise but their aim is have a full collection, varying from 10in. to 20in. bore of cylinder, and from 18in. to 36in. stroke.' 
1874 Joseph died.
1880 Makers of stationary engines for rolling mills, winding and pumping (see advert).