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Alice Buxton

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of Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester

1790 Mention of Alice Buxton the wife of John Buxton, a Joiner, to answer an indictment for assault on Mary Ann Kearsley.[1]

1802 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership existing between us Alice Buxton, of Manchester, in the County of Lancaster, Widow, and William Cumpsty, and the same Place, Joiner, under the Firm of Buxton and Cumpsty, as Joiners and Machine-Makers, was this Day dissolved by mutual Consent; and that the said Alice Buxton is to receive and pay all Debts owing to or from the said Concern...'[2]

1804 Advert: 'SALE BY AUCTION, By Jacob Goodier, (By order of the Assignees of Alice Buxton, machine maker, a bankrupt,)
On Wednesday the nineteenth instant, at her house, Great Bridgewater-street, top of Deansgate, Manchester,
ALL, the HOUSEHOLD GOODS, beds, bedding, &c. consisting of mahogany chairs, tables, chest of drawers, four post bedsteads with hangings, feather beds, carpets, &c.
And on Thursday and Friday, the 20th and 21st instant, at her Machine Shop, nearly adjoining the house, will be sold, all the TOOLS used for machine-making, consisting of lathes, vices, cutting engine, bellows, anvils, smith’s tools, joiner’s benches, &c.
Also a large and valuable assortment of excellent dry timber, of all kinds; together with a large quantity of cast and wrought iron, brass, &c. Likewise two mules with 252 spindles each, 16 inch rollers, two ditto of 228 spindles each, all new.
The stock is well worth the attention of machine makers, millwrights, joiners, &c.'[3]

Note: The above advertisement contains an early example of the term 'Machine Shop'.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Mercury - Tuesday 05 October 1790
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:27 February 1802 Issue:15457 Page:221
  3. Manchester Mercury, 18 December 1804