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Fawcett and Littledales

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of the Phoenix Foundry, Liverpool

1790 William Fawcett, who had inherited money and assets by Joseph Rathbone, was granted a lease on the Phoenix Foundry for seven years by the Darbys of Coalbrookdale.

1811 The Littledale family joined the partnership.

1816-1817 Supplied steam machinery for four sugar plantations in Cuba [1]

1817 The firm was among the earliest manufacturers of marine steam propulsion machinery, building the engines for the PS Etna, which began to ply on the Mersey in 1817

1821 Provided the engine for the Cambria built by Napiers

1823 "THE Partnership heretofore carried on by the undersigned, at the Phoenix Foundry, at Liverpool, under the firm of Fawcett and Littledales, is dissolved by mutual consent; the business will be continued in future upon the same premises, by William Fawcett, in conjunction with other Partners, the undersigned George Littledale and Henry Littledale having retired from the same." [2]

The successor was Fawcett and Prestons

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'The Sugarmill' by Manuel Moreno Fraginals, translated by Cedric Belfrage: Monthly Review Press, 1976, 2008
  2. London Gazette 13 May 1823