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William Glasgow

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of Galloway, Bowman and Glasgow

c1782 Born

1827 Listed as of Bowman and Glasgow of Great Bridgewater street [1]

1828 Listed as of the Caledonian Foundry, Great Bridgewater street [2]

1836 Listed as Galloway, Bowman and Glasgow with Henry Duckworth as foreman [3]

1841 Pigot & Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1841, lists William Glasgow as an ironfounder, engineer and millwright. House: 34 Great Bridgewater Street. Separately listed as Wm Glasgow, engineers, iron founders & brassfounders, 18 Gloucester Street, Oxford Street

1844 Referred to as William Glasgow, engineer, Gloucester street, Oxford street [4]

1844 Marriage of his second daughter Ann to Thomas Sherwood of London [5]

1845 Sale by the Stalybridge Gas Works of an Air Condenser, nearly new and capable of passing 50 to 60 thousand cubic feet per day, made by William Glasgow.[6]

1848 April 5th. Died at his residence in Great Bridgewater street, age 66 years. Ironfounder and engineer. Also notices about the estate of the late William Glasgow [7]

1848. Sale of his estate. '...instructions from the Executors of the late William Glasgow, Esq, to arrange, catalogue and sell by auction, in the month of June next, the Whole of the Stock-in-Trade, patterns, tools, implements, and Utensils in the Iron Foundry, Steam Engine and Gas-work Manufactory, situate in Gloucester-street, Oxford-street, Manchester...' [8]

1848 Detailed advertisement for sale of contents: 'To Engineers, Millwrights, Manufacturers of Gas Apparatus and Others.—Extensive Sale of Smiths', Boiler Makers', and Gas Fitters' Tools, Patterns, Foundry Utensils, Boring Mill, Self-acting Slide Lathes, Planing Machines, Upright Drill, Slotting Machine, and other Articles connected with the business. By J DREW by order of the executors of the late William Glasgow, Esq., on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 13th, and 14th, and on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 'be 19th, 20th. and 21st days of July, 1848, in the Machine Shop, Gas Fitting Manufactory, and Iron Foundry, Situate in Gloucester street, Oxford-street, Manchester: THE PROPERTY consists of six plate iron portable smiths' hearths, bellows, and anvils, with excellent assortment of small tools; three plate iron portable boiler makers' and bending plates and large quantity of small tools; two large cutting and punching machines, for boiler plates, worked by power; two small ditto, for gasometer plates, worked by hand ; one self-acting ditto, mill for boring and facing flange of steam pipes ; self-acting slide lathe, 24ft. on the bed, 16in. headstocks with cast-iron saddles to raise them to 21in. with compound slide rest, one extra headstock on slide, for boring sockets and facing flanges of steam pipes; train of wheels and choin pinions, for cutting screws, cone speeds and fixings ; self acting lathe, 10½ ft. on the bed, with brake for a wheel of 6ft. diameter, 16in. head stocks with cast iron saddles that will raise to 21in. compound slide rest, cone speeds and fixings; new self acting slide fathe, 44½ ft on the bed, 9in. Headstocks, compound slide rest, with train of wheel, and change Pinions for cutting screws, cone speeds and fixings; self acting planing machine, 4½ft. on the bed 2½ ft.within fixings within upwrights, cone speeds and fixings; upwright drill, cone speeds and fixings; strong self acting slotting machine; 12in. hand geered turning lathe, cone speeds and fixings, one 9in do; boring bars, from 2in. to 8in. diameter; lathe bearers, plated with iron and iron stands; very neat high Pressure steam engine, of 1 horse power; new horizontal, high pressure engine, of 4 horses' power; one do. 2½ horses power; part of 34 horse marine condensing steam ; 20 new slide valves for gas works, from 2in. to6in.; set sheer legs 20ft long, for rearing fire proof buildings; one pair of do. 27ft. long, for using with crab crane; set of steel.yards mat will weigh 3½ tons; do. that will weigh 20 tons; great variety of cast iron pulley patterns, from 6in. 4ft. Diameter, and from 2in. to 2ft. broad on the face ; set of patterns, from 2in. to 9in. diameter, turned cast iron pipe patterns from 2in. to 9in. diameter, with compete set of wrought and cast iron core bars ; round D, and flat retort patterns, from 9in. to 24in.; pipe and purifier patterns for do. ; fluted and ornamented patterns for lamp posts, and pillars for fireproof buildings variety shaft patterns.and a very great choice of wood patterns for various purposes; hand and shank ladles, excellent set of crane ladles that will hold from 1 to 8 tons, the last is poured by a geered handle ; hoisting & loading chains, turners' and filers tools, new files, quantity of cast steel for tools, new & old timber; about two tons new bar iron, jobbing ditto, 40 tons of new pig iron, 30 tons of old cast iron, 150 tons of moulding boxes, various sizes; pair large wheels, for taking out heavy castings, will carry 20 tons; two carts, with 6 inch wheels, one spring ditto, with 3 inch ditto; Mr. Glasgow having purchased the whole of the wheel patterns belonging to the late firm of Messrs. Galloway, Bowman and Glasgow, and of the late Mr. Young, millwright, Quay street: has formed the most splendid collection of upwards of 1,200 mitre, spur, and bevil wheels, nearly the whole of which are working in Manchester and a few miles round, of which notice will be taken in the catalogues, which will be ready one week before sale, and may be had of Mr. John Cochrane, accountant, Great Bridgewater-street; and of the Auctioneer, 1, New Cannon-street, —Sale to commence eleven o'clock. [9]

1861 September 19th. Death of Ann his wife, age 83 years, at her residence 75 Dale Street, Hulme. Mentions in same entry the death of Agnes, age 24 the second daughter of David Glasgow at Rock Villa, Rothesay. [10]

Caledonia Foundry

The 1849 O.S. Map[11] shows 'Caledonia Foundry (Iron)' located by the towpath on the south side of the Rochdale Canal, with the other side of the premises on Gloucester Street, facing the railway arches under Oxford Road Station. To the east was the City Coal Wharf. The site occupied an area approx 180 ft by 130ft.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 11 August 1827
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 26 July 1828
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 12 November 1836
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 20 July 1844
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 12 October 1844
  6. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 12 July 1845
  7. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 12 April 1848
  8. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 03 June 1848
  9. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 24th June 1848
  10. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 28 September 1861
  11. The Godfrey Edition Old Ordnance Survey Town Plans: Manchester Sheet 33: 'Manchester (Oxford Street & Gaythorn) 1849': [1]