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Bridgwater Iron Foundry

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Iron gates at St Mary's Church, Bridgwater, made by Browne,Watson & Murch, 1831
Cast iron cellar doors made by Murch: in Bridgwater

in Eastover, Bridgwater, Somerset

Bridgwater Iron Foundry was established c.1822 by Richard Down, who previously had foundries at Beards Yard, Langport and the Chandos Glass Kiln. [1]

1829-31 Browne, Watson, Murch and Co were the next occupants, followed, in turn by:-
1832-33 Nias and Watson
1833- Edward Murch
Murch and Spence
-1881 Murch and Culverwell
1881- J. Culverwell [2]

1830 'HEATING BY HOT WATER. Buildings, Hot-Houses,and Conservatories are HEATED by a CIRCULATION of HOT WATER through IRON PIPES, on the most approved principles, by BROWNE, WATSON, MURCH, and Co., of the Bridgwater Foundry; where every description of Article in Cast and Wrought Iron may be obtained, at short notice, on the most liberal terms. Bridgwater, December 23, 1830'[3]

The site was finally used as a garage by the Bridgwater Motor Co. All traces of the foundry have been removed, the bulk of the site now being occupied by an Aldi supermarket.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Somerset Historic Environment Record 29522, Somerset County Council, 2014
  2. [2] Somerset Historic Environment Record No. 29522
  3. Sherborne Mercury, 3 January 1831