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Islington Iron Works (Brimingham)

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of Grosvenor Street West, Birmingham

1860 Advert: 'TO IRONFOUNDERS, MANUFACTURERS, AND OTHERS. VALUABLE AND IMPORTANT PROPERTY. KNOWN AS THE "ISLINGTON IRON WORKS AND FOUNDRY," COSTLY MACHINERY, LATHES, ENGINES, TOOLS, PLANT, &c, SPARE BUILDING LAND, ADJOINING, SITUATED IN GROSVENOR ST. WEST, STREET and RYLAND STREET, BIRMINGHAM
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY FALLOWS and SMITH (by direction the Mortgagee), on THURSDAY NEXT, the 28th day of June, at the Hen and Chickens Hotel, New Street, Birmingham, at Five o clock in the afternoon, subject to conditions to be produced - all those valuable and extensive PREMISES known as the "Islington Iron Works and Foundry" consisting of the spacious newly-erected IRON WORKS and FOUNDRY, situated fronting Grosvenor Street West lately occupied by Mr. Edwards.
The ERECTIONS comprise Boring and Turning Shops, Fitting and Erecting Shops, Smiths' and Pattern-makers' Shops, Foundry and Stoves, large Store Rooms and Offices all on the most extensive scale, and well adapted for working of powerful Machinery contained therein ; Private House with all necessary Out-offices and Buildings; a piece of valuable BUILDING LAND, having a frontage 43 yards and 10 inches to Sherbourne Street, abutting on the Works, together with the Shopping, Yard, &c, adjoining the works in the occupation of Messrs Nettlefold and Co., as annual tenants, possessing a frontage of about 20 yards to Ryland Street.
Also the entire costly PLANT and MACHINERY ; including powerful Engines, Lathes and Tools thereto, Turning and Screw-cutting Machines, Drilling and Planing Machines, Cranes, Casting Boxes, Core Bars, Loom Plates, Cupolas, Smiths' and other Tools, Hearths, Anvils, Bellows, Hammers, &c., Fans, Screwing Machines, Boring Bars, and the superior bright SHAFTING throughout the Premises.
Also the modern and valuable Collection of Wood Iron other PATTERNS; together with Warehouse and Office and Furniture, and every other Fixture, &c, connected with the working of the Plant and Trade.
The Property is Leasehold for a term of seventy-eight years from the 24th day of June next, and is subject to the low annual rental of £68.10s. 7d.
To parties requiring Manufacturing Premises this presents an opportunity rarely met with. The Property has been built regardless of cost, and in a most substantial manner. There is ample Land thereon to erect more Buildings. The situation is second to none in the town. The Stack, 130 feet high, is one of the most perfect in the locality; the whole of the Machinery lools, materials, &c, are of a superior description, and the Engines of great power. For a view of the Property and for all further information anply to Thomas Dewes, Esq., Solicitor, Coventry; or the Auctioneers, 14, Temple Row, Birmingham.'[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Aris's Birmingham Gazette - Saturday 23 June 1860