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Thomas Pearson and Co

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of the Liver Foundry, Parliament Street, Liverpool

1814 Thomas Pearson was in business as a millwright in Liverpool

1844 New Locomotive. 'On Monday last, the Liver, a new locomotive engine, built on an improved principle by Mr. Thomas Pearson, of the Liver Foundry, Parliament-street, Liverpool (and to be employed in the transit of coals from Wigan to Preston and Lancaster), was tested with thirty-one loaded waggons, averaging six tons each (including waggons), up the incline from Wigan to the Boar's Head, and with thirty-five waggons up Coppal incline, which she performed with the utmost apparent ease at the low pressure of 70lbs. to the inch - thus accomplishing a feat which has hitherto not been found practicable by the most noted engines which have yet run on the North Union line. In the coarse of another fortnight, when all has worked smooth, there is not the slightest doubt but the Liver will take 40 waggons, or about 250 tons, up the incline, which 1 in 100.'[1]

1847 Brick Making Machine. 'A brick-making machine, of simple construction, has recently been completed Messrs. Thomas Pearson and Co., Liver Foundry, Parliament-street, Liverpool. It calculated that the machine, which completes two at the same time, will turn out, on an average, thirty per minute. The inventor, Mr. Farnsworth, an enterprising mechanic, who was formerly employed at Messrs. Fawcet, Preston, and Cos., this town, has had the machine secured by patent. We have heard that a railway contractor, who has immediately to manufacture 2,000,000 bricks for railway in construction, has purchased the machine.'[2]

1855 Shown as Thomas Pearson and Co, Liver Iron Works, Boundary street, Liverpool.[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser - Wednesday 23 October 1844
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 22 September 1847
  3. Liverpool Daily Post - Saturday 21 July 1855