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1803 'IRON AND BRASS FOUNDRY. COLE, WHITTLE & CO. HAVING erected a building over Cow-lane Bridge, near Flookersbrook, where they have begun the business of Iron and Brass Founders, with Smiths' work in general, they will in future always have an assortment of Cast and Wrought Iron on the premises, ready finished, and will able to supply Ironmongers, &c, on the best terms. Castings in Iron and Brass for Machinery, with all sorts of Smiths' work, executed on the shortest notice. Every attention will be paid to the orders with which they may favoured, and executed a manner to merit continuance of them. Chester, Nov. 25, 1803.'
1805 The business was known as The Flookersbrook Foundry, and operated under the style of Cole, Whittle and Co until 1832, when Mr. John Johnson became sole partner.
1844 the business passed to his sons Edward and Bryan Johnson. It was during the partnership of the two brothers that the engineering side of the business was developed, and largely took the place of the purely foundry work.
1861 Mr. Edward Johnson retired, and the business was continued by Mr. Bryan Johnson alone - see Bryan Johnson (of Chester)
Mr. Ellington turned his attention to the design and manufacture of hydraulic machinery, which remained the leading speciality of the company for years to come.
1874 Incorporated as a limited company, and acquired the title of The Hydraulic Engineering Co., Limited.