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Globe Works

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of 79 Faulkner Street, Manchester

This was the establishment of Richard Roberts and various partners from late 1821 to 1858. Roberts lived at 23 Faulkner Street[1]

1825 July 17th. The works occupied by Sharp, Hill and Co were set on fire and caused extensive damage.[2]

Bancks and Co's Plan of Manchester, 1831 shows that the northern end of the works faced onto Falkner (Faulkner) Street, while the western frontage covered 110 yards on Dickinson Street. The works backed onto a branch of the Rochdale Canal. The site was between 25 and 40 yards wide. An 1825 plan of the works shows that the south eastern corner was occupied by the foundry, while a narrow smiths' shop occupied the southern flank adjacent to Dickinson Street [3]

The 1849 O.S. map together with Adshead's 1851 Maps of Manchester show that immediately south of Globe Works was the Dickinson Street Mill (cotton) of James Frost (T. Ogden and Sons). The 1851 map identifies the owners of the Globe Works as Roberts, Fothergill and Dobinson. However Fothergill had been forced to retire through ill health in 1849 or 1850. The business continued as Roberts, Dobinson and Co (Dobinson taking charge of the accounts).

By 1901 Dickinson Street Power Station covered the southern end of the site. Now, no trace of Globe Works remains, and the canal branch has been filled in and serves as a car park.

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Sources of Information

  1. 'Life and Inventions of Richard Roberts 1789 - 1964' by Richard Hills, Landmark Publishing, 2002
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 23 July 1825
  3. 'Life and Inventions of Richard Roberts 1789 - 1964' by Richard Hills, Landmark Publishing, 2002