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1829 Mention of Richard Brown of Blaina Iron Works

1830 Locomotive. 'Mr. Prothero, one of the most extensive coal-merchants in that neighbourhood, intends hauling his coal Newport with two engines, preparing for him Neath Abbey Iron-Works, and Messrs. Brown, of the Blaina Iron Works, have very nearly completed a locomotive engine for their own use, embracing many improvements.'[1]

1832 Announcement. 'JOHN RUSSELL BEGS leave most respectfully inform them that he has, in conjunction with the Messrs. BROWNS, taken to the BLAINA IRON WORKS, Newport, Monmouthshire, which, in connection with the SEVERN FOUNDRY, Worcester, will in future be carried on under the Firm of RUSSELL & BROWNS, Smelters of Pig Iron, and Manufacturers of every Description of Castings, For Water Works, Gas Works, Mills, Forges, Steam Engines, Bridges, Tram Roads, Backs for Breweries, Columns, Beams for Buildings, Eaves, Gutters, Cistern Heads, all kinds of Water Pipes, Palisades, Stove and Oven Grates, Kitchen Ranges, Shop, Ironing, and Hot Air Stoves, Furnaces, and Pans, Pots and Kettles, Sad and Tailors' Irons, Agricultural Castings, Ironmongery Castings (fitted or unfitted), with every other description of Casting to pattern, drawing, or dimension. WELCH COAL and COKE, of Superior quality.'[2]

1833 News item. 'Messrs. Browne and Son, of the Blaina Iron Works, have, during the last week, put in motion one of the most complete steam carriages that has been seen in Monmouthshire. It will convey from the works to Newport 50 tons of iron per day.'[3]

1834 Built the Iron Bridge, Exeter.[4]

1836 Partnership change. 'Blaina Iron-Works, January 1, 1836. The Partnership subsisting between John Russell, Thomas Brown, and James Brown, Iron-Masters and Copartners, was this day dissolved by mutual consent, as far as regards the said James Brown.'[5]

1836 October. Seven miles of iron pipes laid to convey water to Chepstow by Russell and Brown of Blaina Iron Works.[6]

1837 June. Fire damp explosion in their coal pit kills 13 men. Mentions T. Brown as son of R. Brown.[7]

1840 November. Partnership dissolved. Russell and Brown, Blaina Iron Works, Ironmasters.[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. Hereford Journal - Wednesday 09 June 1830
  2. Worcester Journal - Thursday 23 February 1832
  3. Bristol Mercury - Saturday 20 July 1833
  4. Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 14 February 1829
  5. London Gazette Publication date:29 January 1836 Issue:19351 Page:179
  6. Monmouthshire Merlin - Saturday 15 October 1836
  7. Hereford Times - Saturday 24 June 1837
  8. Bristol Mercury - Saturday 21 November 1840