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Riches and Watts of Duke's Palace Ironworks, Norwich
Connected with James Watts and Co which was dissolved in 1846
1853 Trading as Watts Brothers of Steam Engine Works, Rose Lane, Norwich
Subsequently became Watts Brothers and Riches
1857 Joseph Howard joined Messrs Riches and Watts
1858 Listed as Howard, Riches and Watts of Duke's Palace Ironworks
1859 A notice announcing the sale of the 1,000th American Grist Mill, 'introduced in 1858 by Howard, Riches and Watts (now Riches & Watts)'
1859 The firm of Howard, Riches and Watts produced a catalogue where they describe themselves as Engineers, Millwrights, Iron and Brass Founders, General Machinists and manufacturers of improved high and low pressure expansive - condensing steam engines, non-condensing engines, corn mills, draining mills, water wheels &c., trading from Dukes Palace Ironworks
1865 Two types of portable engines shown at the Norwich Show
1867 Partner bankrupt. '...Charles James Watts, of the city of Norwich, Engineer, lately trading there in partnership with Richard Robert Riches, under the style or firm of Riches and Watts, having beep adjudged bankrupt...'
1874 See 1874 Description of Works
A Riches & Watts portable engine is displayed at Pigeon Valley Steam Museum, Wakefield in New Zealand.
1892 The Norwich Electric Light Co purchased the site of Duke's Palace Ironworks for conversion into an electricity generating station. Initially they only used a third of the space so Riches and Watts were leased the remaining space to continue ironworking. The station commenced supply on 3rd August 1893.
1896 Company ceased trading