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Roberts and Cooper

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Roberts & Cooper Ironworks was on the site of the former Price Pearson Works' Cricket Field at Brockmoor, Brierley Hill.

Caleb William Roberts, son of John Roberts who had a small timber business at Brierley Hill, went into business with Ebenezer Elias Cooper of The Laurels, Brierley Hill, forming Roberts and Cooper, which carried on ironworks at Bromley, the Leys, Brettell Lane, (acquired from the family of Thomas Webb, who was better known as a glass manufacturer at Amblecote) and Great Bridge, and sawmills and timber yards at Nine Locks, Brierley Hill, and at Stourbridge Canal wharf.[1]

1926 Jan - The Brettell-lane Ironworks were acquired by John Bradley and Co. It is understood that the iron and steel trade hitherto carried on at Roberts and Cooper works at Brettell-lane, Bromley, and elsewhere, was concentrated at Brettell-lane works, which were now in active operation after the holidays. A scheme of reorganisation was contemplated at Brettell-lane. John Bradley and Co were among the oldest makers of the famous Staffordshire iron. They were one of the few firms which, in spite of the ups and downs in the trade, maintained continuous operations ever since their establishment. [2].

1926 October - The Bromley Ironworks were acquired by John Cashmore of Great Bridge, for demolition purposes.[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. Black Country History
  2. The Engineer 1926/01/15
  3. The Engineer 1926/10/29