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Bank Quay Foundry Co

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From 1851 ‘Official Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue’ Vol 1

of Warrington

Proprietor: Charles Tayleur.

1847 George Samuel Sanderson entered into partnership with Charles (Charles Tayleur (1810-1859)?) and Edward Tayleur; they opened a foundry at Bank Quay, Warrington.[1]

1847 Dissolution of the Partnership between Charles Tayleur, of Liverpool, and George Samuel Sanderson, of Warrington, under the firm of Charles Tayleur and Company, Vulcan Foundry, near Warrington, and under the firm of Tayleur and Sanderson, Bank-quay Iron Works, Warrington[2]

1851 Award at the 1851 Great Exhibition. See details at 1851 Great Exhibition: Reports of the Juries: Class V.. Exhibited the Great Hydraulic Press used in raising the Britannia Tubular Bridge.

1853 'The largest iron vessel ever built in Lancashire was launched on Tuesday, at Warrington, from the yard of Messrs Tayleur & Co., Bank Quay Foundry. The Tayleur, for so the vessel is named, is a first-class clipper-ship, and has been built for Messrs Charles Moore and Co., of Liverpool. She is of exceedingly handsome model, and her proportions are as follow:- Register, 1,730 tons, burthen 2,500, new measurement; length of keel and forerake, 225 feet; rake of sternpost, 5 feet; beam, 39 feet ; depth of hold, 28 feet ; shear, 2 feet 6 inches. The Tayleur, when completely fitted, will accommodate about 680 passengers, exclusive of cargo. She is double-rivetted throughout; is divided into five water-tight compartments, each fitted with pumps, and contains altogether about 780 tons weight of iron. The ship will form one of Messrs Pilkington & Wilson’s "White Star” line of packets.— Albion.'[3]

1855 'The Bank Quay Foundry, Warrington, a firm noted for the construction of iron ships, has for the present ceased working, and all the hands have been discharged. There were 150 shipwrights constantly engaged in that extensive concern, besides many hundred operatives of other handicrafts connected with the building of ships. All these will be for the present thrown upon the labour market, but no doubt the owners, who are men of large capital, will shortly resume operations.'[4]

1856 Advertisement for sale of works contents. Included 'one locomotive, fixed so as to act as a stationary engine...'. Machinery for making heavy ordnance was included.[5]

1860 Advert: 'COMMODIOUS TRADE PREMISES IN WARRINGTON.- To be LET, for an unexpired term of 14 or 21 years, commencing on the 29th September, 1858, all those extensive conveniently situated PREMISES, at Bank-quay, Warrington, formerly part of Bank-quay Foundry, but recently occupied by Mr. George Sims for the manufacture of borax. The buildings cover about 1,845 square yards of land, and there are besides about 6,381 yards of vacant ground. The situation is one of the best for trade purposes in the county, having the advantages of railway and water communication. There is a branch railway into the yard from the London and North western line, and the St. Helen's line passes close to the premises. There is a high-pressure steam-engine. with two boilers and shafting, in the building . There is also a wharf adjoining the yard, where goods brought up the river Mersey are discharged, free of toll, the tenant of these premises having the use of the crane, wharf, &c. for the facility of business.—For further particulars apply on the premises; and to treat, to Messrs. R. and T. Ramsden, Chemical Agents......'[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1920/01/23
  2. London Gazette 27 April 1847
  3. Greenock Advertiser, Friday 14 October 1853
  4. Glasgow Herald, 16 November 1855
  5. Manchester Times, 27 September 1856
  6. Liverpool Daily Post, 20 July 1860
  • The Imperial Journal 1852 Vol I. p224
  • 1851 Great Exhibition Official Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue Vol 1