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Holywell Tin Plate Co

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of Meadow Works, Holywell, Flintshire (now Clwyd).

1870 Advert: 'In Bankruptcy. In the matter of the HOLYWELL TIN PLATE COMPANY, of the Meadow Works, Holywell, in the county of Flint, Bankrupts.
TO BE SOLD, by the TRUSTEES, INTEREST in the Mill Works and premises of the above Company, called the MEADOW WORKS, with immediate possession, at the low rental of £220 per annum.
The property which has been used for the manufactory of Tin Plates is situated within a mile of the Holywell Station on the London and North Western Railway, and the Holywell railway runs at the back of the premises. There are four large buildings, one thirty yards square, besides several smaller, used as a smith's and carpenter's shops, store rooms, and office. There is a manager's house with two gardens, lodge, stabling, &c, the whole standing on about three acres of ground.
The plant and machinery suitable for a tin plate Manufactory is to be sold with the works, and consists of a lately erected turbine with axle, a 30 ton fly wheel, all in perfect order and only worked four months; a 25 horse power horizontal engine with gearing wheels to work in connection with the turbine ; a double flue boiler, 30 feet by 6 feet 9 inches, proved to be 100 lbs pressure, quite new ; another boiler with egg ends, 20 feet by 7 feet, which has been in use twelve months, one vertical 8 horse power boiler with cross tubes ; a six horse power table engine ; two Morewood's patent tinning machines, complete ; and one partial ditto all in perfect order, and only a short time worked. Annealing and other furnaces ; complete plate and cold roll mill, rolls, 24 inches by 17 inches ; plate and bar shears, Doubler, &c. ; a large quantity of refined tin, lead, boxes, palm oil, and many other articles of stores connected with the manufacture of tin plates.
The works could be adapted to almost any kind of manufactory.
For further particulars apply to the trustee, Mr James Ratcliffe, of the Hawarden Iron Works, Hawarden, Mr J. P. Cartwright, of the city of Chester, solicitor to the Estate, or to Mr Robert Nurse, of the Garth Iron Company, Rhewderin, near Newport, Monmouthshire, or to Mr W. B. Tilt, of 9, New Broad-street, London.'[1]

Note: Meadow Mill was erected in 1787 by the Greenfield Copper and Brass Co and produced rolled copper sheets.[2]

1871 Bankrupt. '...In the Matter of Henry Parker, of Greenfield, Holywell, Evan Lloyd, of Greenfield-street, Holywell, and John Hughes, of 24. Leadenhall-street, London, E.C., trading in copartnership under the style, firm, or description of the Holywell Tin Plate Company, at the Meadow Works, Holywell, in the county of Flint, Bankrupts....'[3]

See Coflein website for map, images, and historical information relating to Meadow Mills.[4]


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Sources of Information

  1. Wrexham Advertiser - Saturday 26 March 1870
  2. [1] Online notes - 'The Early Industrialists in Flintshire' by John P Birchall
  3. The London Gazette Publication date:7 November 1871 Issue:23793 Page:4594
  4. [2] Coflein website - MEADOW MILLS, GREENFIELD VALLEY, HOLYWELL