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Thomas Longridge

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Thomas Longridge (c.1751-1803), variously described as a merchant of Sunderland, an ironmaster of Newcastle, or of Gateshead

1751 Born

1770s Thomas Longridge formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, William Hawks, which became William Hawks (Snr) and Co. They acquired a plating forge at Beamish in 1779, additional smithing shops at Ouseburn in 1780, a forge at Lumley (Lumley Forge?) in the mid-80s, and slitting and rolling mills on the River Blyth in the 1790s [1].

1782 The brothers-in-law took over the Bedlington Ironworks on the River Blyth.

1792 Hawks and Longridge built a rolling mill at Bedlington

1801 Thomas Longridge, merchant, Westgate St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne [2]

1803 Thomas died

1805 Thomas's daughter, Anna, married John Gooch of Bedlington; their oldest son continued the Longridge name, Thomas Longridge Gooch; another son was Daniel Gooch (1816-1889).

1809 Hawks sold the Bedlington Works to Gordon and Biddulph from London, who appointed Thomas' nephew, Michael Longridge, to run it.

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Sources of Information

  1. Biography of the Hawks family, ODNB [1]
  2. Directory of Newcastle upon Tyne & Gateshead, 1801