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Wreath Quay Iron Works

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of Sunderland

1870 Advert: 'WREATH QUAY IRON WORKS, SUNDERLAND. ARTHUR T. CROW has been favoured with instructions from the assignees of Messrs Haddock and Clay, to SELL BY AUCTION, at the Wreath Quay Iron Works, Monkwearmouth, on Thursday, 14th day of July, 1870, the whole of the valuable MACHINERY and PLANT, of recent construction and improved manufacture, consisting of horizontal engine (by Close, Burlinson, and Co.), 12-inch cylinder, 24-inch stroke; 2 donkey engines, 5 cylinder boilers, 30 and 36 feet long, with mountings complete; “Schiel’s” fan blast, 30 in.; 2 pair of plate bending rolls; “Mallett’s” plate buckling machine, with hydraulic jumps; 2 pillar drilling and counter sinking machines; double-ended punching and shearing machine; 3 standard drilling machines; plate furnaces; 7 metal straightening blocks; double-mast facing machine, with driving gear; powerful punch and shearing machine; punch shear, 24 inches from edge; large and small planing machines; 14-inch double-geared lathe, bed 18 feet by 20 inches; multiple drilling machine, 11 spindles; double-powered winches; travelling cranes on 105 feet by 10 inch timber, with iron blocks complete; rivetting machine; iron cranes; hand punching machine; 2 patent machines, by Binny and Co., Glasgow; a large quantity of shafting, belting, bogies, and about 900 yards of rails. Also, the brick chimney and boiler seatings, and the lease and interest for 13 1/2 years in the site and buildings of these valuable iron works, held at an annual rental of £38 10s., all of which will be sold without the least reserve. The sale will commence punctually ....'[1]

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  1. Newcastle Journal - Wednesday 13 July 1870