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Benjamin Dobson (1786-1839)

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Benjamin Dobson (1786-1839), iron founder

1786 Probably the son of Isaac Dobson

c1816 Birth of son Thomas Wentworth Dobson

1823 Birth of son Benjamin Dobson

1828 One of the promoters of the Bolton and Leigh Railway

1836 Mention of a fire at the machine manufactory of Benjamin Dobson in Blackhorse street, Bolton.[1]

1839 February 15th. Died. At his residence, near Bolton, Benjamin Dobson, machine maker and iron founder.[2]

1841 Death of Helen Elizabeth, relict of the late Benjamin Dobson of Mere Hall, Bolton.[3]

1844 Death of his eldest son Thomas Wentworth (Dobson), at Mere Hall, near Bolton, age 23 years.[4]

1846 Sale of business and home. 'ALL those Established and well-known WORKS for MAKING MACHINERY, used in the Preparation and Spinning of Cotton, situate in Black Horse Street, Bolton, in the County of Lancaster, in the occupation of the Executors of the late Benjamin Dobson. The Works consist of several large Machine Shops, Iron and Brass Foundries, Smithies, Roller, Spindle and Fly Shops, large Grinding Shop, Saw Mill, Saw Pit, Stores, Iron Warehouses, Pattern Rooms, Store Rooms, Joiners’ Shop, Engine and Boiler Houses, Gas Works, Weighing Machine House, Counting Houses, and other Buildings, also two Reservoirs, and a spacious Timber Yard. The ground plot of whole contains 6198 superficial square yards, or thereabouts. And also TWO STEAM ENGINES of 65-horses’ power, and three Steam Boilers of 90-borses’ power, together with the Mill Geering, Lathes, Planeing Machines, Slotting Machines, Wheelcutting Machines, Slide Lathes, Drilling Engines, Boring Machines, and all other necessary Tools and Utensils, used in the Machine making business. And also the Stock of Patterns, Iron, Brass, Steel, Timber, etc., now on the premises. A portion of the Property above described is Freehold, and the remainder is held for the residue of a term exceeding 900 years, and is subject to the yearly ground rent of £1. 17s. 2d. And also all that FREEHOLD ESTATE, consisting of modern and elegant Mansion, situate in Little Bolton, in the said County, called “MERE HALL,” lately erected by the said Benjamin Dobson, containing Entrance Hall, Dining Room, Drawing Room, Library, Breakfast Room, Smoking Room, Servant’s Hall, Kitchen, Butler’s Pantry, Scullery, Washing-house and Brewhouse, the ground floor; eight good Bed Rooms, with Bath Room and Water Closet, on the first floor and excellent Servants Sleeping Rooms in the Attic. The whole is Cellared under, and fitted up with every convenience required gentleman's establishment, having been erected the late owner for his own residence. Also two excellent Stables, for eight horses, with Coach-house, Harness-room, Shippon, for six cows, Dutch Barn, and other Outbuildings. Also the Gardens, and Pleasure Grounds, and several Closes of Meadow and Pasture Land. Also five Cottages three Gate Houses. The site or Ground Plot of the whole contains 25a. 1r. 34p. of Land, Statute Measure, or thereabouts, and is subject to an annual ground rent of £250, with power of pre-emption.'[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Blackburn Standard - Wednesday 03 August 1836
  2. Preston Chronicle - Saturday 23 February 1839
  3. Preston Chronicle - Friday 31 December 1841
  4. Preston Chronicle - Saturday 14 December 1844
  5. Blackburn Standard - Wednesday 10 June 1846