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Radfords and Co

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Radfords & Co of Waterloo Foundry, David Street, Manchester

1838 Advertisement: 'RADFORDS and Co. respectfully inform the Public, that they have REMOVED the STOCK of their own Manufactures to their NEW PREMISES in DAVID STREET, adjoining the Waterloo Foundry, where they continue to make, and have on Sale, an extensive assortment of iron castings, of every description required in the building trade; also weighing machines, fireproof book safes, stoves, grates, mangles, shower baths, iron garden rollers, boilers, palisades, stable castings, steam and water pipes, slide water and steam valves, cranes, crabs, blocks, teagles for warehouses, and every description of hoisting machinery.'[1]

1841 Advertisement: 'Exempt from Duty — Waterloo Foundry, David-street, Manchester.— To Ironfounders, Railway Engineers, Millwrights, Machine Makers, and others.—
Extensive Sale of Smiths' Tools, Moulding Boxes, Common and Geared Turning Lathes, Self-acting Slide Lathes, Hydraulic Presses, Screwing Machine, Book Safes, Portable Weighing Machines, Patent Mangles, a great variety of Castings for Sham and Fancy Fire Grates, with other articles.
By JAMES DREW (by order of the assignees of the estate of Messrs. Radfords and Co.), .... THE Whole of the PROPERTY on the said premises, consisting of the regular quantity of tools for 12 smiths' hearths, bellows, and anvils, principally for heavy work; a great variety of moulding boxes, for casting railway and other bridges; a number of excellent patterns for do.; moulding boxes and patterns for casting 12 and 15-feet diameter turn-tables for railways; pipe and retort patterns; mangle do. ; common and fancy firegrate do.; portable weighing machine do., will weigh from 50 to 700lb; a numher of excellent patterns for cast-iron book safes; a good assortment of spur, mitre, and bevel wheel patterns; patterns for steam engines; a variety of palisade patterns, in wood and iron; patterns in wood and iron for every branch connected with the business; one hydraulic press, with seven-inch ram, for making paper bowls; one self-acting slide lathe, 30 feet on the bed, 38 inches broad, two pair of 20-inch headstocks, large face plate, tools, speeds and fixings; boring bar, and heads for boring steam engine cylinders and air pumps; one self-acting slide lathe, 20 feet on the bed, 13-inch headstocks, faceplates, speed cones, and fixings; two nine-inch turning lathes, cone speeds, and fixings ; portable crane; screwing machine, with complete sets of taps and dies; a number of sets new and second-hand stocks, taps, and dies; the castings consist of water and steam pipes, gas retorts, book safes, portable weighing machines; the finished work consists of an excellent assortment of cast-iron book safes, patent mangles, portable weighing machines garden roller, cast-iron boilers, ovens and fire grates, shower baths, a number of cases of wards and mounting for book safes; door, cupboard, and other patent locks, brass handles; three excellent eight-day timepieces; large scale beams, bottoms, and weights; counting-house fixtures; two hand and two broad-wheeled carts, and other articles for conducting the business on respectable scale. In consequence of the shortness of the days, and the number of the lots to be got through, the sale will commence each day at ten o'clock prompt. For further particulars apply to Messrs. J. & I. Knight, accountants, 40, Pall Mall; to the Auctioneer, 28, Pall Mall; and 58, Hall Place, Strangeways, Manchester.'[2]

1842 Sale Notice: 'Waterloo Foundry.- To Iron Founders, Millwrights, Machine Makers, and others.
Cupolas, Blowing Apparatus, High-pressure Steam Engine, &c.
By order of the Assignees of Messrs. Radford and Co., on Wednesday the 8th day of June 1842, at the Waterloo Foundry, David-street, Manchester:
ONE Square CAST-IRON CUPOLA, will bring down 2 1/2-tons of iron; one do. for three tons; one do. for four tons; one air furnace for seven tons; seven large foundry cranes, with block chains and carriages; large three-legs chain and ram for breaking cast-iron; three core stoves with slide doors, fire grates, carriages, and railways; suspension railway with iron pillars and two carriages, for loading heavy work; two lorries, railways, and turn table, two very strong crab cranes and large chains, twelve smiths' hearths; wrought and cast-iron and brick work, boring mill and fixings; one four-horse high-pressure steam engine, with boiler of eight horses' power; two hydraulic presses with apparatus for trying the strength of cast-iron beams; several sets of blocks and chains; two lever weighing machines, will weigh from three to four tons each, tools for various purposes, and other articles. Sale to commence at eleven o'clock prompt and for further particulars apply to Mr. JAMES KNIGHT, ....' [3]

1842 Sale Notice: 'Valuable Wharf Land and Buildings, in the centre of Business.—To Ironfounders, Shippers, and Others. By J. W. SHAW, by order of the mortgagee, at the Clarence Hotel, in Spring-gardens, Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, on Monday, the 25th day of July instant, at six o'clock in the evening, subject to such conditions of sale as will be then and there produced, and in one or more lots, may be agreed upon at the time of sale: THE Fee-simple of and in those Extensive PREMISES known as " The Waterloo Foundry," lately in the occupation of Messrs. Radfords and Company, comprising two several plots of Land, situate near to David-street, in Manchester aforesaid, adjoining to each other, and containing in the whole 4,755 superficial square yards of land or thereabouts, with the iron foundries, smithies, workshops, engine-house, stable, and other buildings thereon erected and built: together with steam-engine of 14 horses' power, steam-boilers, two weighing machines, and various other fixtures. The premises are subject to two annual ground rents, amounting respectively as to one plot to £121 12s. 6d., and to the other plot to £130 13s. 4d., the latter of which may, in the option of the purchaser, be reduced to £58 1s. 6d. a year. The buildings are most substantial and commodious, and particularly well adapted for carrying on the business of Ironfounder, machine maker, engineer, &c., upon an extensive scale, they might, at a slight expense, be converted for any other trade or business, where situation contiguous to public canal in the centre of business is an object. The property possesses a frontage of 62yards to the Rochdale Canal. Qn one side, and of 835 yards to a branch of the same canal another, and, as a site for bonded or shipping warehouses, or for wharfs, unequalled by any in the town. For further particulars application may be made to Messrs. KAY, HARLOW, & ASTON, Solicitors, in Cross-street; or to Messrs. WHITLOW & RADFORD, Solicitors, St. James's-square, Manchester.'[4]

The 1849 O.S. map[5] shows that Waterloo Foundry was located at the junction of the Ashton Canal and a branch canal, providing good access for loading to and from barges. The eastern side of the premises was bounded by houses and accessed by Waterloo Street and Mill Street from David Street. On the opposite side of the branch canal was Dickinson Street Mill and then, a little further north, was the Globe Works, famously associated with Richard Roberts.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 3rd November 1838
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 6 November 1841
  3. Manchester Times - Saturday 28 May 1842
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 23 July 1842
  5. The Godfrey Edition O.S. Town Plan Manchester Sheet 33, Manchester (Oxford Street & Gaythorn) 1849