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G. E. Child

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Smith, gas engineer, and ironfounder, of Southwold, Suffolk.

1866 Auction Notice: 'THE HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, STOCK-IN-TRADE, and other Effects, the property of Mr. G. E. CHILD, smith, iron founder, and gas engineer (under an execution from the Sheriff.)
The Furniture comprises the usual requisites....
STOCK -IN-TRADE. In Warehouse No. 1.-Consisting of from 40 to 50 register stoves, from 12 to 36 inches; nine cabin stoves, suitable for fishing boats, &c. ; several patent cooking stoves, from 30 to 48 inches; nine Romford ditto, of various sizes; sundry cast fenders, roasters, hall stove with ventilator, umbrella stands, sundry gas fittings, two anchors, about 1 cwt.; one ditto, about seven cwt. iron stocked; large nest of drawers, dressing machine, three large copper frying pans, cast-iron rack, treble motion pump, 24-inch iron pans, galvanized ; iron manger, ovens, iron safe, pump, gas stove, sundry stove fronts, large timber jack, furnace, bar, and sundry castings.
In Warehouse No. 2.- Several lots of useful bar iron, iron troughing, gas fittings, wood lathe, smith's bench and vice.
In Warehouse No. 3.- About one ton of from 3/8 to a one-inch bolt ends, tapped; tin and copper sheets, paints and oils, with pans and brushes, nest of drawers and sundry fittings.
In Carpenter's Shop.- Quantity of thin and wide pine, suitable for mould making; two carpenters' benches, two lathes, and sundry pieces of wood.
In Mould Maker's Shop.- Numerous moulds, lathe, lot of pine for moulds, two blocks and pulls, sundries, &c.
In Yard.- About 10 tons of new iron in bars, suitable for smiths; sundry old chain, moulds (cast iron) for castings; two hand barrows, smith's bench, numerous gas castings, weighing machine and weights; also two useful ponies, carts, and harness, &c. ..... ' [1]

1880 Erected new gasholder at Southwold [2]

1893 Advert: 'By Mr. EATON W. MOORE. THE FOUNDRY, SOUTHWOLD TO ENGINEERS, MILLWRIGHTS. BUILDERS, GAS COMPANIES, AND OTHERS.
EATON W. MOORE is favoured with Instructions from Mr. G. E. Child, to SELL by AUCTION, THURSDAY, April 13th, 1893
Surplus stock machinery and foundry PLANT, consisting of about 10 tons of moulding boxes, core bars and plates, ladles, weights, and other working tools, large quantity of iron and wood patterns, new punching shearing machine, 2 new small punching machines, vertical steam engine and boiler on water tank foundation on iron wheels, punching machines iron stand, circular shears for cutting plates, iron bench with vice and standard for drilling, large wood bench, with standard for drilling, levelling slab on stand, fire engine, contractor’s pump on wheels, iron pump with 16-inch working barrel to work by steam power, 12-inch and 9-inch ditto for manual power, pair of large wrought iron pulley blocks and rope, pulley blocks with rope, ......' [3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Ipswich Journal - Saturday 13 October 1866
  2. The Ipswich Journal, 25 September 1880
  3. East Anglian Daily Times, 10 April 1893