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Fox, Head and Co

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1870. Puddling furnace at Fox, Head and Co. Designed by John Allcock Jones, Richard Howson and John Gjers.

of Newport Rolling Mills, Middlesbrough

1863 Jeremiah Head (1835-1899) and Theodore Fox founded Fox, Head, and Co., and erected the Newport Rolling Mills, Middlesbrough, for the manufacture of iron plates. Employed 600 men, and produced 400 tons of finished iron per week, using machinery which dealt with larger masses of wrought-iron than had hitherto been worked.

During the next twenty years introduced a profit-sharing scheme for the workmen, which was so successful that there were no labour disputes even during a disturbed period.

1885 the firm of Messrs. Fox, Head, and Co. was dissolved.

1888 John Hill and Co leased the plate mills of Fox, Head and Co[1]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 1st June 1888 p454