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Joseph Wright and Co

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January 1880.
June 1880.
June 1888. Martin's Anchor.
December 1889.
1898. Brown-Berryman feed-water heaters.

Joseph Wright and Co of Neptune works, Tipton.

1860/2 Joseph Wright left the Teesdale Iron Works and returned to Dudley, where he founded a business with his father-in-law, Mr. Thomas Tinsley, as chain and anchor makers at Tipton, as Tinsley, Wright and Co.

1868 Discharge of a Petition for adjudication of Bankruptcy filed against Thomas Henry Tinsley and Joseph Wright, of Tipton, in the county of Stafford, Chain and Anchor Manufacturers and Copartners, trading under the style or firm of Tinsley, Wright, and Company[1]

It rapidly extended, until under the title of Joseph Wright and Co, it became one of the largest chain and anchor works in England.

Made Martin's self-canting anchor.

1888 Dissolution of the Partnership between Joseph Wright and John George Chamberlain, carrying on business together as Engineers, Ironfounders, and Chain, Anchor and Boiler Manufacturers, at Tipton, in the county of Stafford, under the style or firm of Joseph Wright and Co. John George Chamberlain and Bernard Ingledew arranged to continue to carry on the said business in co partnership, under the same style or firm of Joseph Wright and Co.[2]

1892 Improved Martin Anchor.

1894 Brown's Berryman Feed-Water Boilers. [3]

1896/7 Directory: Advertiser. More detail [4]

1903 Company received an order from The Wath Main Colliery Co near Rotherham, for a multiplex heater detarteriser, to heat and soften about 18,000 gallons of water per hour. "This apparatus will be 35ft. high by 8ft. diameter, and will weigh about 40 tons. We believe that this will be the largest apparatus of the kind ever made." [5]

1911 Issued catalogue detailing chains, cables, anchors, moorings, slings, hooks, stretching screws, rigging and shipping tackle, anvils, vices, pulley blocks, wire ropes etc. [6]

1913 Company incorporated, including J. G. Walker and Son Ltd (also Hall's Patent Anchor Co). Was Wright's Forge and Engineering Co also incorporated as a subsidiary at this point?

1922/3 Acquired by N. Hingley and Sons

1966 Acquired by F. H. Lloyd and Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 7 July 1868
  2. London Gazette 7 Feb 1888
  3. The Engineer 1894/05/11 p394
  4. Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97: Advertisers
  5. The Engineer 1903/03/20 p 302.
  6. The Engineer of 22nd December 1911 p650
  • National Archives [1]