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Brereton, Vernon and Paul

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of Humber Bank, Hull

1840 Advert: 'DUTY FREE. EXTENSIVE AND IMPORTANT SALE OF STEAM ENGINES, MACHINERY, MODELS, IRON, STEEL, BRASS, COALS, AND COUNTING-HOUSE FURNITURE.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY MR. DANIELS, On WEDNESDAY, the 19th Day of August, 1810, and the following Days, at Ten o’clock in the Forenoon, on the Premises of Messrs. Brereton, Vernon, & Paul, Engine-Makers, and Iron and Brass-Founders, Humber Bank, Hull,
THE Extensive and Valuable STOCK-IN-TRADE and MACHINERY, comprising one 14 Horse Power Non-condensing Engine, with Shafting complete; one Self-acting Slide Lathe; one 12-inch Lathe, with Back Motion; two 8-inch Lathes, one Facing Lathe, one Vertical Boring Machine, three Screwing Machines, one Boring Mill; one 12 Horse Power Non-condensing Vibrating Engine; various Cast and Wrought Iron Tools, for Turners in general; six Pairs of Bellows, with Iron Forges, Anvils, Troughs, and sets of Tools; Portable Forge, with Bellows and Box of Tools; eight Forges for Boiler-makers, with Tools complete; a large Quantity of Common Tools, one Punching Machine and Tools, seven Tons Cast Iron Setting Blocks, Sheet Iron Templates, 14 Cwt. Angle Iron Tressels; lot Chains, Blocks, Skids and Planks; one Non-condensing Engine, four Horse Power; one Planing Machine, seven Wrought Iron Ladles, Tank, Cast Iron for Loom Work, eight Cwt. Ore Barrels, 37 Tons Cast Iron Moulding Boxes, Loam Plates, &c.; 18 Cwt. W. I. Tools for Moulders; lot of Chains; an immense Quantity of Models, of the most improved construction and varied sorts; Brass Moulding Tools, Joiners' Tools, Work Benches, Drawing Boards and Trammels; large Three Legs, with Crab Chain and Blocks; Double and Single Purchase Crabs, Hand Cart and seven Wheelbarrows, seven Pairs of Blocks and Hopes; several Hundred Tons of Round, Flat, Crown, Angle, and Square Bars of Iron; Crown, Round, and Square Rods of Iron; two Tons of Steel; large Brass and Taps; sundry Brass Castings; one Ton of W. I. Washers, of various sixes; 3,000 Bolts and Nuts, 60 Tons of Pig Iron, W. I. Forge. Locomotive Tender Frames and Tanks, lot of Rivets and Hoops, one 14 Horse Power Land Condensing Engine, one ditto 8 Horse Power, one ditto 4 Horse Power, 12 Tons Segments for Engine Fly Wheels, Foundation Plates and Main Frames for Engines, W. I. Waggon Boilers for Engines, Drums, Wall Plates, Hollers, Shafts and Packings, two Fly Wheels, two Hemispherical Pans, Crab Weights, Cast Iron Pipes of various sizes, Headstock for Punching Machine, Truck Wheels, Furnace Bars, Furnace Fronts, W. I. Cross Head and Connecting Rod, three Tons W. I. Top and Bottom for Waggon Boiler, Cylindrical Boiler Shell, six Tons Scrap Iron, Wire Riddles, Shovels, Cast Iron Borings, 21 Kegs While Paint, Sal Amonniac. Emery, Ton Mill Boards, Cask of Rape Oil, 60 Tons of Smiths’ Slack, 20 Tons Common Coal, 400 Tons Moulding Sand, 10 Tons Fire Clay, 100 Fire Bricks, 10 Tons of Coke, three Trucks, Dozen of Files of different sizes, 30 Glass Tubes, 14 Cwt. of Old Files, 40 Gross of Wood Screws, and sundry Lots of Ash, Oak, Birch, and Deal Plank ; Patent Weighing Machine, large Steelyard for Weighing Boilers, Beams and Scales, Drawings of Steam Engines, Mills, and other Machinery. Also, the Counting- House Furniture, Drawings, and Draughtsmen's Tools. The Property is modern, the parties having been but a short time in business. The Stock is of the best description, and has been selected with care and judgment, embracing every article used by Engine and Boiler-makers, and which are too numerous to be included in the limits of an advertisement. The Property may be viewed on the Premises three days before the Sale.'[1]

1840 Sale by Auction of stock-in-trade and machinery of Messrs Brereton, Vernon & Paul, engine makers and iron and brass founders, Humber Bank, Hull. Sale items included a 14 HP non-condensing engine with shafting complete; a 12 HP non-condensing vibrating engine; 4 HP non-condensing engine; 14 HP land condensing engine; ditto 8 HP; ditto 4 HP; 12 tons segments for engine flywheels ..... 500 dozen files of different sizes .... 14 cwt of old files .... plates for wrought iron boilers [2]

1841 Bankruptcy Sale. 'Cyclops Foundry, Hull. TO be sold by auction (peremptorily and without reserve), by Mr. Thomas Daniels, by order of and before the major part of the Commissioners authorised by a Fiat in Bankruptcy against Charles Brereton, Joseph Vernon, and David Paul, of Hull, Engine Manufacturers, bankrupts, at the George Inn, in the town of Kingston-upon-Hull, on Friday the 10th day of September 1841, at one o'clock in the afternoon. All those substantial and well built warehouses, foundries, boiler manufactories, and other buildings, called the Cyclops Foundry, in Alfred-street, in the lordship of Myton, within the borough of Kingston-upon-Hull, consisting of - A warehouse or general store-room, 40 feet square and 28 feet high, together with four large offices and draughtsmen's rooms over the same, handsomely fitted with every kind of convenience. An iron foundry, adjoining the said warehouse, 109 feet long by 40 feet wide, and 28 feet high, and having attached thereto a four horse steam engine and boiler, together with a blower and furnace, and a large crane well adapted to the said foundry. A brass foundry and furnace, situate within the said iron foundry. A smith's, shop or engine manufactory, 161 feet long, 24 1/2 feet wide, and 28 feet high; it comprises a ground floor and chamber, and is in every respect well adapted for forging, turning, and every operation in the manufacture of steam engines and other machinery of any description. A boiler shop or manufactory, 91 feet long by 47 feet wide, containing a furnace of a superior construction for heating plates. Also a model maker's shop, carpenter's and coppersmith's shops, together with a coke house. There is also a very spacious and commodious yard, containing, with the site of the buildings, 5962 square yards. The above premises are freehold of inheritance, and in every respect exceedingly well adapted for carrying on a very extensive business, and having a public street on one side and the river Humber on another, to which river is a right of fore-shore, and being in the immediate vicinity of the Hull and Selby Railway Station and the Hull Docks, every facility for land and water carriage and other purposes, at a cheap rate, is afforded, and the great number of steamers belonging and resorting to Hull, together with other numerous local and daily increasing advantages, and demands for machinery of all descriptions, render the present a most eligible opportunity for a safe and profitable investment, of rare occurrence....application...James Oldham, civil engineer....' [3] [4]

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