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Guest and Co, colliery owners

1831 Dowlais Ironworks, which was owned by Guest and Co, had 12 furnaces[1]

1833 The price of Merthyr coal from Guest and Co was advertised[2]

1839 Guest and Co owned the 19 furnaces at Dowlais[3]

1848 William Price Lewis, a partner in the firm of Sir John Josiah Guest and Co and owning 5 sixteenths of the business, left his estate to his nephew William Wyndham Lewis although this took several years to decide by the courts[4]

1851 The partnership between Sir John Josiah Guest and Edwin John Hutchins, ironmasters, miners and merchants of Dowlais, Cardiff, London, Liverpool and Mitcheldean, under the styles or firms of Dowlais Iron Co, and Guest, Lewis and Co, and Guest and Co, was dissolved[5].

1863 Edward Williams (1826-1886) became head of the commercial arm of the Dowlais business - the London house of Guest and Co[6].

1864 Edward Pritchard Martin transferred from Dowlais to the London office of the Dowlais Iron Co.

1867 A fatal accident occurred when a fall of coal took place at Penydarren Colliery, which belonged to Guest and Co[7].

1900 Patent Nut and Bolt Co, controlled by Arthur Keen, amalgamated with the Dowlais Iron Co and Guest and Co, both controlled by Lord Wimborne; this would give Keen's company its own coal and iron supplies and a diversified range of products; the company would be called Guest, Keen and Co [8] [9] [10] [11]

1913 AGM of Guest Keen and Nettlefolds was reminded about the diversity of the company's operations including the collieries of Guest and Co[12]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Mirror of literature, amusement, and instruction, Volume 18, 1831
  2. The Times, 16 April 1833
  3. The Penny cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, Volume 15, 1839
  4. The Times, 26 June, 1852
  5. London Gazette
  6. Obituary of Edward Williams [1]
  7. Coal Mining History [2]
  8. The Times, Wednesday, Jun 13, 1900
  9. The Times, Thursday, Jun 21, 1900
  10. The Times, Friday, Jul 20, 1900
  11. The Engineer of 15th June 1900 p631
  12. The Times, Thursday, Aug 21, 1913