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Fossick and Hackworth

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1844. Victor built for the Llanelly Dock and Railway.
1864. Victor.

Fossick and Hackworth of Stockton-on-Tees.

1839 The company was founded by Thomas Hackworth, brother of Timothy Hackworth, and George Fossick. They bought premises from Jacob Waller in Norton Road, Stockton that had previously been used as a flour and saw mill.

1839 First locomotives built.

1844 they obtained a contract for haulage of the Stockton and Hartlepool Railway and the Clarence Railway and they retained this until 1855

1851 Fossick and Hackworth listed as Engineers and Ironfounders of Stockton Iron Foundry, Norton Road [1]

1852 Their yard at Thornaby was acquired by the South Stockton Iron Ship Building Co

1853 Supplied the first pair of marine engines for the first two iron ships built at Stockton. These were built under the direction of Robert Thorman who died soon after; eventually marine engineering replaced the railway work.

1855 Fossick and Hackworth listed as Ironfounders and Steam Engine Manufacturers at Norton Road, Stockton [2]

1855 George Y. Blair joins the company

1858 Fossick and Hackworth listed as Engine Builders and Ironfounders of Coxhoe, Ferry Hill and Norton Road, Stockton [3]

1864 The last locomotive built by the company was Victor for the Llanelly Railway

1864 Thomas Hackworth retired and the company became Fossick, Blair and Co when George Blair the Works Manager became a partner.

1866 The company became Blair and Co when George Fossick retired

Around 120 locomotives were built by this company.

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Sources of Information

  1. Hagar & Co.'s Directory of the County of Durham, 1851
  2. Slater's Commercial Directory of Durham, Northumberland & Yorkshire, 1855
  3. Post Office Directory of Northumberland & Durham, 1858
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  • The annals of Stockton-on-Tees: with biographical notices By Henry Heavisides. Published in 1865.