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Henry Gore

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of 47 Little Lever Street, Manchester

Iron and brass founder and machine maker. Probably the same as Henry Gore, Senior.

1832 'New Patents... To Henry Gore, of Manchester, machine-maker, for his having invented an improvement in the machine commonly called by spinners "throstle frames," and spinning frames; which machines operate by spindles and flyers and bobbin, for spinning or twisting yarn or threads.—22d. December — 6 months.[1]

1838 Advertisement: 'STRETCHING FRAMES.- TO BE SOLD, Two FRAMES, 114 spindles each, as good as new, 16½ inch rollers, 15½ inch spindles, by Mr. Henry Gore. Apply to Messrs. GEORGE -CLARKE and Co., Hope Mills, Ashton-street.' [2]

1846 Newspaper article: 'DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS OF LIGHTNING. - During the thunder storm which we experienced on Monday night the lightning struck and fractured a large cast iron wheel in the foundry yard of Mr. Henry Gore's machine works, Lever-street. In this case there are clear indications that the current of the electric fluid was an upward and not a downward one. For instance, two large pieces of metal were thrown to a considerable distance, and into situations whither they could not by possibility have been projected by a downward current. It is conjectured that the iron in the immediate neighbourhood of the spot struck (probably from thirty to forty tons), being intensely charged with the electric fluid, at the time that a non-electric cloud was passing over it, had discharged the fluid by an upward current, which in its ascent broke the wheel, the weight of which is about 2½ cwt. Fortunately the men were not at work at the time, or some severe personal injury, if not fatality, might have been sustained. - Manchester Guardian.' [3]

1851 'WORKING MEN'S EXCURSION.- On Saturday last, the mechanics and moulders in the employ of Mr. Henry Gore, machinist, of Lever-street, with their wives and families, took a pleasure trip on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to Liverpool, leaving Manchester about seven o'clock a.m. and arrived in Liverpool ahout nine o'clock. They spent a few pleasant hours in looking about the town and in visiting the docks, those magnificent monuments of Liverpool's greatness; for there, perhaps, better than anywhere else in the United Kingdom, may be observed the indications of the immense influence of British commerce and manufacturing skill, since in no other seaport in the kingdom is collected so much actual wealth in the form of bales of merchandise from and for all parts of the world; there may also may be met people of all nations and tongues engaged in the prosecution of commerce. The party went by steamboat to New Brighton and Birkenhead, and after spending a very pleasant day returned by rail, and arrived in Manchester about ten o'clock at night, highly gratified with their day's excursion.'[4]

1853 Henry Gore died on 18th November, in his 74th year.[5]. An advert for the sale of his furniture, etc, gives his address as 8, Piccadilly.[6]

Location: Adshead's 1851 Maps of Manchester show 'H. Gore & Co. Iron Works' occupying nearly half a block bounded by Lever Street, Ancoats Street, Little Lever Street, and Warwick Street. The other half was taken up Lever Street Chapel and by 8 houses. The iron works and an adjacent timber yard together had a ground area of 170 ft by 140 ft. The factory was overshadowed by the Newton Street Mills of Thomas Houldsworth and Co. Goad's Insurance Plan No.31 shows that by 1888 the site partly comprised a 4-storey brick building occupied by J. and J. Mallalieu and Co as a furniture warehouse, while the remainder comprised timber building and yards, partly used for timber storage.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 14 January 1832
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 24 March 1838
  3. The Era, 28th June 1846
  4. Manchester Times - Wednesday 10 September 1851
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 19 November 1853
  6. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 17 December 1853