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C. Portway and Son

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April 1903.
December 1908.
Nov 1919.
Dec 1921.
November 1927.

Tortoise Iron Works, Halstead, Essex.

See Charles Portway and his son Harry Harvey Portway. Also Charles Portway and Son

1881 Employing 17 men and 8 boys.[1]

1887 Patented coke breaker for use in large houses: with it a "lad of 14 or 15 years age could break 1 cwt of coke in 20 minutes"; the coke would then be suitable for use in "Tortoise" and other stoves[2]

1913 Exhibited core ovens at the 1st Foundry Trades Exhibition[3]

1938 "Watersette" water heater

1967 Charles Portway and Son were manufacturers of the Warmair heating system; M C Portway was managing director[4]

1976 M. C. Portway and Son Ltd, of Rosemary Lane, Halstead, advertised radiator foil for reducing heat loss from the back of radiators in houses[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. The Engineer 1887/12/23
  3. The Times Jun 18, 1913
  4. The Times Mar 29, 1967
  5. The Times, Apr 23, 1976