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Vaughan and Hossack

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Vaughan & Hossack's oil feeder

of Castlefield Iron Works, Manchester

1850 Slater's 1850 directory lists Vaughan & Hassock, engineers and millwrights, Canal Street, Castlefield, and Alexander Vaughan, who lived at Dawson Street, Water Street, Manchester.

John Hossack lived at Canal Street.

1854 Description of their method of feed oil to a bearing journal by means of a light chain suspended from the journal and dipping into the oil reservoir (see illustration)[1]

1855 Sale Notice: 'TO BE SOLD, the MACHINE and TOOL-MAKING ESTABLISHMENT, now in full working order, late in the Occupation of Vaughan and Hossack, Canal Street,Liverpool Road, together with the lease of the premises. .... '[2]

1855 Advertisement concerning the sale of the machine and tool making establishment late in the occupation of Vaughan & Hossack, Canal Street, Liverpool Road, Manchester [3]

1856 Sale Notice: 'Canal-street Works, Liverpool-road, Castlefield, Manchester.
Mr. WHEATLEY KIRK is honoured with instructions TO SELL BY AUCTION, on the premises of the Works as above, lately occupied by Messrs. Vaughan and Hossack, Engineers and Tool Makers, on Monday and Tuesday, June 23 and 24, 1856, commencing at Eleven o’clock each Morning: ALL the Valuable PLANT, Utensils, Tools, Machinery, and Patterns; also the Steam Engines, Boilers, Mill-gearing, Shafting, &c.; among which may be enumerated a high-pressure Beam Engine, cylinder diameter 8 1/2in., stroke 19in.; Donkey Pumping Engine, 10in. stroke; Cylindrical Boiler, 13ft. long, 6ft. diameter, with all the mountings, and flue through; 11-inch double-geared screw-cutting Slide Lathe, on bed 12ft. long, compound slide rest, change wheels, &c.; 11-inch double-geared Lathe; 10-inch single-speed ditto, 20ft. lathe bed; two universal Screw Chucks, by Bodmer; large bell Screw Chuck; Polishing Lathe, 10ft. lathe bed; splendid wheel Cutting Engine, with cutters and mandrels, and change wheels, on the best principle, by Bodmer; one Epurator, Risler's patent, 48in. on the wire (this machine, for cleaning and carding cotton, which obtained the council medal at the universal exhibitions of London and Paris, is well worth the attention of cotton spinners); Tap-grooving and Shaping Machine, by Bodmer; Opentograph, by Bodmer; compound Slide Rest, portable Boring Machine, patent Fustian-cutting Machine, Surface-grinding Machine, Steel-planing and other Tools; Stocks, Taps, and Dies; Chasing Tools, Drills, Boring Tools, Mandrels, Posts, Boring-bar and Headcutters, Rose Bits, Screw Keys, Chisels, Hammers, Vices and Benches, Stands and Racks for Tools, Wrenches, Driving-straps, Bolts, Nuts and Washers, Grindstone, Pump, and a Hvdraulic Press; eight new Screw Jacks; together with the whole of the line, cross, and counter Shafting; Pullies, Hangers, and Pedestals; Bogies and Trucks; quantity of galvanised and other Nails, Sprigs and Screws, Gas and Steam Tubing, Emery, Black Lead, circular Iron Stairs, Pipe-drawing Machine. The Wood and Iron Patterns consist of Lathes, various Planing Machines, upright Drills, Engines, Lathe Beds, Screwing Machines, Fluting Machines, Boring Machines, Spur, Bevel, and Mitre Wheels, Pulleys, &c. In the Smiths’ Shop; Circular Bellows, Pipe, Tue Iron, and Trough; Tongs, Sets, Swages, and Drifts; Anvil; Bolt Moulds; Wrought, Scrap, and Cast Metal; Timber, Building Materials, Doors, Windows, Steps, Office and Counting-house Fixtures; Desks; Drawing Table, with partitions; Machine Drawings; Model in Brass of Steam Engine; Handcarts; single-purchase Crab; three scale Beams; platform Weighing Machine, &c., &c.
Full particulars in catalogues, which will be ready on Tuesday next and may be had at the offices of the Auctioneer, Cross-street Chambers, Manchester, and 4, Kirkgate, Leeds.'<ref>Bolton Chronicle - Saturday 21 June 1856/ref>.


Location: Adshead's 1851 Maps of Manchester show 'Vaughan & Co's Machine Works' on a small triangular plot of land bounded by Canal Street and Duke Street. The 1848 O.S. map marks the premises as an iron and brass foundry. The south wall of the premises aligned with the north wall of the Roman fort.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'The Steam Engine - its History and Mechanism' by Robert Scott Burn: H Ingram & Co 1854
  2. Manchester Courier - Saturday 18 August 1855
  3. Manchester Courier & Lancashire General Advertiser, 10 November 1855