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Seth Lang

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of Britannia Foundry, Blackburn

1845 Advert: 'TO COTTON SPINNERS, COTTON MANUFACTURERS, AND OTHERS. Messrs. Seth Lang, Bunting & Co., IRON FOUNDERS, MACHINE AND POWER LOOM MANUFACTURERS, Beg leave respectfully to announce to Cotton Spinners, Manufacturers, and the Public in general, that they have entered upon the premises lately occupied by Messrs. Littlewood and Co., known as the Soho Foundry, situate in Salford, Blackburn, where by punctuality, strict integrity, and the most economic charges, they hope to merit a share of public patronage. Soho Foundry, 1st July, 1815. [1]

1865 'Christening an Engine.— The beautiful horizontal 10-horse engine, made by Messrs. Seth and Robert Lang, ironfounders and machinists, Britannia Foundry, for Mr. Thomas Willan’s steam confectionary works, Simmions-street, was christened on Thursday, in the presence a large number of spectators. The steam having been put on, the engine moved “like a thing of life,” and Mr. Councillor Stafford broke bottle wine upon the wheel, gave the engine the name of Enterprise,” ...... Mr. Thomas Willan, after expressing the pleasure it gave him to meet the gentlemen present, proposed “Prosperity to Messrs. Seth Lang and Brother, the contractors for the engine.” ...[2]


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Sources of Information

  1. Blackburn Standard, 2 July 1845
  2. Preston Herald - Saturday 15 April 1865