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Bray, Waddington and Co

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1847.
Driffield Canal, East Yorks.
Driffield Canal, East Yorks.
Driffield Canal, East Yorks.
Driffield Canal, East Yorks.
Driffield Canal, East Yorks.

of New Dock Iron Works, Leeds

1848 Mention of James Bray's foundry and Edwin Bray the manager. The foundry had been in existence for at least two years.[1]

1850 Listed as Bray, Waddington and Co [2]

1851 Joseph Bray left the Partnership. '...the Partnership formerly subsisting between us the undersigned, Joseph Bray, John Waddington, Edwin Bray, and Thomas Waddington, as Engineers and Ironfounders, at New Dock Works, in Leeds, in the county of York, under the firm of Bray, Waddington, and Co., was in the month of October, 1851, dissolved by mutual consent, so far as respected the said Joseph Bray only, on his then going to reside in India, from which time the undersigned James Bray, became a partner in the said firm, in the place of the said Joseph Bray...'[3]

1854 Listed as Bray, Waddington and Co, iron and brass founders, millwrights, and railway carriage etc. manufacturers. New Dock Iron Works, Black Bull Street, Hunslet Road [4]

1855 Listed as Contractors for Railway and Dock at New Dock Works, Crown Point Road [5]

1856 Edwin Bray left the Partnership. '...the Partnership hitherto subsisting between us the undersigned, James Bray, Edwin Bray, John Waddington, and Thomas Waddington, as Engineers and Iron Founders, at New Dock Works, in Leeds, in the county of York, under the firm of Bray, Waddington, and Co., is this day dissolved by mutual consent, so far as respects the said Edwin Bray only, on his going to reside in India. All debts due to and from the said firm will be received and paid by the said three remaining partners therein...'[6][7] namely James Bray, John Waddington, and Thomas Waddington[8]

1858 Listed as Iron and Brass Founders of New Dock Works, Hunslet Road. [9]

1858 'Patents Sealed..... Josiah Haste, of New Dock Works, Leeds, mechanical engineer, for an improved apparatus for preventing the explosion of steam boilers ; dated February 1, 1858.[10]

1859 Constructed the first railway bridge over the River Thames. [11]

1860 They had sixty employees.[12]

1866 Listed as Bray, Waddington and Co (Limited), engineers, ironfounders and manufacturers of railway plant etc. and as Machine and tool makers, New Dock Works, Black Bull Street. Also listed is John Waddington, Ironfounder of the company with his home at St. John's Hill. [13]

1866 Company employs 500 men. [14]

1866 August '...the said James Bray, John Waddington, and Thomas Waddington, lately carrying on the business of makers of Rolling Stock and Fixed Plant, Waggon Wheels and Axles, Turn-tables, Bridges, Cranes, and other similar articles, in copartnership at New Dock Works, in Leeds aforesaid, under the firm of Bray, Waddington, and Co...'[15]

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Sources of Information

  1. Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 04 November 1848
  2. The Leeds Mercury, Saturday, July 27, 1850
  3. [1] Gazette Issue 22335 published on the 9 December 1859. Page 22 of 38
  4. 1854 Directory of Leeds, Bradford ...,
  5. 1855 Slater's Commercial Directory of Durham, Northumberland and Yorkshire
  6. [2] Gazette Issue 21955 published on the 2 January 1857. Page 31 of 50
  7. Leeds Mercury - Tuesday 30 December 1856
  8. [3] Gazette Issue 22335 published on the 9 December 1859. Page 22 of 38
  9. 1858 Directory of Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield ...
  10. Bradford Observer, 3 June 1858
  11. Obit of John Waddington
  12. Leeds Mercury - Saturday 14 January 1860
  13. 1866 Directory of Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield ...
  14. 1861 Census
  15. [4] Gazette Issue 23156 published on the 28 August 1866. Page 33 of 60