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Spring Hill Iron Works

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of Royton, near Oldham

1842 Advert: 'Important Sale of the Modern Tools and Stock of an Iron Foundry and Steam Engine Manufactory.
By T. M. FISHER, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 6th, 7th, and 8th days of July, 1842, on the premises belonging to Messrs. John and Edward Evans, situate at Royton, on the road between Oldham and Rochdale: to be sold without the least reserve, in consequence of their declining the business; sale to commence each day punctually at eleven o'clock in the forenoon-
THE Valuable Modern TOOLS, which are all by the best makers, and in capital working condition, including power planing machine, bed 20 feet long, 3 feet 6 inches wide, 5 feet high, and ditto, bed 3 feet 4 inches long, 1 foot 4 inches wide, both self-acting in the horizontal cuts; 26-inch double geared slide-lathe, bed 18 feet long, 2 feet 1 inch wide, 24 inch double geared ditto, bed 18 feet long ........ upright boring machine of size and power sufficient for the largest cylinder; capital upright drilling machine, fitted with carriage bed 31 feet long, for boring engine beams and other heavy work; double geared upright drilling machine, by Smith, Beacock, and Tannett, Leeds; wheel cutting engine, by Joy : bench planing machine; filing bench, with two large vices; .... lever weighing machine, up to 5 tons, and ditto, up to 20 tons, Kitchen; ..... several sets of patterns for steam engines.'[1]

1844 Sale Notice: 'Valuable Assortment of Steam Engine, Wheel, and Pulley Patterns, without reserve. By T. M. FISHER, on Monday the 12th day of February, 1844. at the Spring Hill Iron Works, Royton, late in the occupation Messrs. J. and W. Evans; sale to commence punctually at eleven o'clock in the forenoon: A CAPITAL ASSORTMENT of MILLWRIGHTS and ENGINEERS PATTERNS, comprising models of spur and Bevil gear, from 6 inches up to 24 feet diameter; an collection of pulleys, from 8 inch to 2ft. 2in. diameter; complete sets of patterns for condensing steam engines, six, fourteen, twenty, twenty-six, thirty-five, forty, and fifty horses' power.
— The whole in good condition, and with all the best modern improvements. ....'[2]. Note 'J. and W. Evans' rather than 'J. and E. Evans'. Presumably in error.

1844 Advert for the sale of valuable millwright's and engineer's foundry patterns for spur gears from 6" to 24 ft diameter, pulleys, and complete sets of patterns for condensing steam engines of 6, 14, 20 , 26, 35, 40 and 50 HP. The works was lately in the occupation of J. and E. Evans[3]

1854 'To Engineers, Ironfounders, &c — Sale of the very Excellent Working Tools, Sliding and Screw Cutting Lathe, Powerful Boring and Drilling Machine, Double and Single-geared Lathe 3, Powerful Double-geared Headstock, 20in. diameter; Capital Wrought-iron Shafting, Grindstones and Glazers, a most Valuable Collection of Wood and Iron Patterns, Powerful Traversing Crane, equal to 20 tons ; Two Wrought-iron Cupolas ; Fan, 4 ft 6 in diameter ; Brass Furnace, with wrought-iron doors nnd frame; about 20 tons of Cast-iron Moulding Boxes, Smiths' Bellows, Anvils, Swage Blocks, and Smiths' Tools; Millwrights', Moulders', and Joiners' Tools ; Wood Stable, with hayloft over; Various Stores, Counting-house Fixtures, &c, at the Spring Hill Foundry, Royton, near Oldham.
MR. ALFRED LEIGH most respectfully announces that he is instructed to SELL BY AUCTION, without reserve, on Thursday and Friday, the 15th and 16th days June instant, 1854, at the Foundry above named, the Very Valuable WORKING TOOLS, &c, including very capital 13in double-geared sliding and screw cutting lathe, on cast-iron bed, 16ft long ; powerful double-geared headstock, 20in diameter ; superior 13in double-geared lathe, cast-iron bed, 34ft 6in long; 10 1/2in ditto, 12in single-geared lathe, most excellent lathe bearers, with cast-iron facings, 48ft long; ......' [4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 4 June 1842
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 3 February 1844
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 24 February 1844
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 10 June 1854