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Abraham Haley

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of Frome, Somerset.

See Abraham Haley (1814-1891) and Selwood Iron Works

1859 Advert: 'ABRAHAM HALEY, IRON AND BRASS FOUNDER, AND MACHINE MAKER, SELWOOD IRON WORKS, BUTTS HILL, FROME, BEGS to inform Parties who may require Castings, that he has established an IRON and BRASS FOUNDRY in connection with his Machine Works; and that he is now prepared to supply Castings of every description to Pattern or to Order on the shortest notice. Special Contracts given for Castings of every description, and to Plans and Specifications for Architects, Engineers, Railway Contractors, Gas Works, &c.....' (list includes gear castings and all sorts of machine tools).[1]

1859-1861 Abraham Haley was advertising as a brass and iron founder and machine maker at Selwood Iron Works, Butts Hill, Frome.[2]

1861 Advert:
'ABRAHAM HALEY
IRON AND BRASS FOUNDER AND MACHINE MAKER, SELWOOD IRON WORKS, BUTTS HILL, FROME,
COCKEY’S Patent STEAM CHAFF ENGINE may SEEN WORKING, any Wednesday, at their Stables, near Cork Street.
CHAFF MACHINES on the most Improved Principle, for Horse and Hand Power, from 50s. to £14.
HORNESBY’S Patent PRIZE PLOUGHS, which obtained the Champion Prize at the Evercreech Ploughing Match, September 27th, 1860.
HOWARDS PATENT PRIZE PLOUGHS.
REEVE’S PRIZE PLOUGHS.
CARSON’S IMPROVED PLOUGHS.
BENTALL’S PATENT PRIZE BROADSHARE PLOUGHS.
COLEMANS PATENT PRIZE CULTIVATORS.
SHARES AND ALL THE FITTINGS FOR THE ABOVE PLOUGHS.
BENTALL’S OIL CAKE MILLS.
SAWNEY’S WINNOWING MACHINES.
CORN CRUSHING MACHINES.
And many other useful MACHINES & IMPLEMENTS are always kept on Sale at their AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT WAREHOUSE, BATH-STREET, FROME.
Also, the Best English and American OIL CAKE.'[3]

1871 Employing 17 men and 10 boys.[4]

1880 Advert: 'GARSTON FACTORY, FROME.
Manufacturers, Machinists, and Others,
MR. WALTER HARROLD has received instructions from Mr. A. Haley, late of the Selwood Iron Works, Butts Hill, Frome. to sell by SELL AUCTION, at Garston Factory, Thursday, September 16th, 1880, at Eleven o'clock in the Forenoon, the undermentioned very valuable
MACHINERY AND PATTERNS, &c., &c., Being the remainder of his Stock-in-Trade, Comprising a six-horse STEAM BOILER: two valuable STEAM ENGINES, with boilers, three new scribbling machines; new tucker; two fullers for woollen cloths ; new broad double bead loom ; ditto narrow perpetual cutter; 30-inch Lloyd’s patent blower ; iron turning rests (planed up) ; large quantity loom fittings ; ditto various size machine bolts ; four new crank shafts for narrow looms fitted ; cast iron for steam and water ; gun metal valves : set of boring and turning gauges ; five lifting jacks and patterns ; cast and wrought iron scrap.
Also a large quantity of very valuable patterns, for ornamental iron work, verandahs, railings, &c. also for machinery, including pulleys and wheels in wood and iron ; ditto for carding engines ; ditto for tucker : ditto for slide lathes, 18, 12, 8, and 6 inches ditto for four foot planing machine ; two foot ditto ; two sets drilling machine patterns; spring waggon ; trolley ; one horse cart; and numerous other effects. The lots may viewed on Wednesday, .....'[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Frome Times - Wednesday 20 July 1859
  2. Frome Times, 2 November 1859, for example
  3. Frome Times - Wednesday 13 March 1861
  4. 1871 census
  5. Frome Times - Wednesday 15 September 1880