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Benjamin Ball

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of Willey Wharf, Shropshire

1832 Advertisement: 'TO IRON-FOUNDERS. To be disposed of by private Contract, a Foundry situate on the Bank of the River Severn, one mile from Coalport and three from Coalbrook Dale. The Moulding Shop is 57 feet long by 33 feet wide, with an air furnace, two cupolas (blown by a high pressure engine) a blacking mill, a drying stove for loam work, one forging and one fitting shop, model shop, vertical boring mill and warehouse; a Field, containing six acres; one good Dwelling House, with Stable, Orchard, and Garden, and three smaller Houses—Coals are brought into the foundry yard by a rail-road, and Iron supplied from Coalport. There is good loam sand on the premises, and that for green sand purposes within half a mile.
The Stock at the Foundry may be taken to at valuation; it consists of boxes and tubes for making pipes from two to twenty inches diameter, boxes for making pans up to a hundred gallons, boxes for stove grate work, with various other useful boxes; also a variety of rings and plates for moulding cylinders, pans, and other loam castings.
A Trade is open with Bridgnorth, Bewdley, Droitwich, Tewkesbury, Gloucester, and Bristol.
The premises may be seen, and further information obtained, by applying to Benjamin Ball, Broseley.'[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Aris's Birmingham Gazette, 26 November 1832