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Windsor Bridge Iron Works

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in Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire

The premises were occupied by a number of engineering firms in the second half of the 19thC.

1851 Austria: 'A prize of 20,000 ducats having been offered for the best locomotive to cross the Semmering mountains, the following Englishmen appear first on the list as competitors :— 1st. Andrew Crestadoro, Windsor Bridge Iron Works, near Manchester ; 2nd, David Gilmour and James Gyde, Vulcan Iron Company, London; 3d, Barrows, Darriston, and Morris, London ; and, 4th, John Cockerill, Jeraing [Seraing]. The essay is to take place towards the end of July.'[1]

1857 Advertised for sale, 'now in the occupation of Dunn, Hattersley and Co. These works have been established within the last Six Years at great expense...'[2]. Note: Thomas Dunn was located at the Windsor Bridge Iron Works by 1847[3]


An 1879 directory gives the address of Michael Alcock, Windsor Bridge Iron Works, as Quay Street, Windsor Bridge. Quay Street was immediately behind the Crescent Works of Thomas Bradford and Co, at the junction of The Crescent and Cross Street.

The 1916/1922 O.S. map[4] shows a small factory bounded in the south by Quay Street and in the north by Canute Street. The eastern side was bounded by the L&Y railway. At that time the Imperial Iron Works was on the opposite side of Canute Street, occupied by Thomas W. Matthews.

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Sources of Information

  1. Morning Post - Monday 31 March 1851
  2. Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 29 August 1857
  3. Liverpool Mercury, 7 December 1847: reference to patents for improvements to railway wheels and axles and for positioning carriages on rails, etc.
  4. 'The Godfrey Edition Old Ordnance Survey Maps: Salford (West) 1916, Lancashire Sheet 104.05' [1]