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Robert Heath and Sons

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Robert Heath & Sons of Biddulph Valley Ironworks, Biddulph, near Stoke on Trent

Also London Office - 90 Cannon Street, E.C.[1] and Liverpool Office - Oriel Chambers, Water Street.[2]

Also Dudley Port Iron Works, Staffordshire

1860s Robert Heath leased and developed various important coal-mining and other properties which led to the formation of the company

1871 Disastrous boiler explosion on 28th June, killing eight people. [3]

1872 Robert Heath and Son owned blast furnaces and forges/mills at Biddulph, Norton and at forge/mill at Tunstall.

1875 Robert Heath and Co operated the Biddulph Valley and Ford Green Works, situated at Tunstall, which had 90 puddling furnaces and six rolling mills.

The Ravensdale Works, also belonging to this company, had 54 puddling furnaces and eight rolling mills. Mr Heath had erected ten of the Danks-type rotary puddling furnaces at the works and had good experience with the novel concept[4]

1877 Another serious boiler explosion, with suggestions that a contributory factor was use of polluted canal water used for the water supply. The works belonged to Robert Heath MP [5]

1888-1926 Built eleven locomotives [6]

1893 After the death of Robert Heath, his 3 sons, Sir James Heath, Robert Heath and Arthur Howard Heath, formed Robert Heath and Sons to carry on the various iron works and collieries[7]

1912 - Advert - Makers of Various Irons and Sulphate of Ammonia, Pitch, Lucigen and other oils.

1919 Amalgamated with the Low Moor Co to become Robert Heath and Low Moor. Head Office at Biddulph.[8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1912 Advert
  2. 1912 Advert
  3. 'The Engineer' 7th July 1871
  4. The Engineer 1875/90/03
  5. The Engineer 29/06/1877
  6. 'British Steam Locomotive Builders' by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  7. The Times, Apr 26, 1930
  8. 'The Low Moor Ironworks, Bradford' by Charles Dodsworth, Industrial Archaeology, The Journal of the History of Industry and Technology, Vol 8, No. 2, May 1971