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William West and Sons

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Cast iron beam at Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park

William West and Sons of St Blazey Foundry, St Blazey

1848 Founded by William West; the company to work the Newquay and Cornwall Junction Railway which opened in 1869. Possibly built four locomotives.

1856 Took over the Lower Foundry, formerly part of the St Austell Foundry of John Hodge[1]

1879 William West died. The business was carried on by his sons William West (1829- ). and Charles West (1837- ).

1891 the company closed

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'The Cornish Beam Engine' by D B Barton, D Bradford Barton, 1966
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816