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Charles I'Anson, Son and Co

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Charles I'Anson, Son and Co of Hope Town Foundry, Darlington

Formerly W. and A. Kitching

1862 Mr. Kitching removed his business to the Whessoe Foundry at Darlington

c.1864 Charles I'Anson and Alderman Kitching established the engineering and iron-founding business of Charles l'Anson & Co. For many years this firm was mainly engaged in the production of all types of railway plant — waggons, signal work, bridgework, and iron founding generally.

Charles' son, James I'Anson, became a partner - presumably this was when the firm became Charles l'Anson, Son, & Co

1875-81 Produced five locomotives.

c.1876 With Stockton Forge Co supplied cast iron piles and columns for the Huelva Pier, amounting to 1900 tons in total.

These works were later known as Whessoe Foundry Co.


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Sources of Information


  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816