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J. Elce and Co

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Planing machine featured in 'The Engineer', 31st Dec 1875. It is assumed that this was made by the same John Elce & Co, although the address is not stated in the article

of Phoenix Iron Works, Jersey Street, Ancoats, Manchester

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1840 'THE LATE FIRE.- JOHN ELCE and CO., Machinests and Tool Makers, beg to inform their Friends and the Public that in consequence of the late fire in Little Lever-street, they have REMOVED to the premises lately occupied by Messrs. Evan Jones and Son. Jersey-street. Great Ancoats-street, where they continue the business as above, and take this opportunity of returning their thanks for the support already received, and hope to meet a continuance of the same. 88, Jersey-street, Manchester. April 10th, 1840.'[1]

1841 Boiler explosion at Jersey street kills seven and injures nine [2]

1844 List of the names of 52 employees of the company [3]

Makers of textile machinery. Two examples of numerous patents are given below.

1851 Shown on Adshead's 1851 map of Manchester as J. Elce & Co Phoenix Iron Works, bounded by Jersey Street, Poland Street, and a branch of the Rochdale Canal.

1853 Listed as 'Elce, John and Co, machine and tool makers, and brass and iron founders, Phoenix Works, jersey street, Great Ancoats st' [4]

1855 Advertising the following products:- Textile machinery: Openers, scutchers, carding engines and grinding machines for cards, drawing frames, slubbing and roving frames, throstle frames, doubling frames, hand mules, self-acting mules, winding frames, stripping machines, looms, temples, indicators; Other products: dynamometers, lathes, planing machines, centering machines, drilling machines, slotting machines, shaping machines, wheel-cutting and dividing engines cutter making and milling engines, chucks, White's patent portable vices, ratchet drill braces, screw jacks, top roller ending machines, stocks, taps and dies; wheels, screws and worms; shafting of all sizes. [5]

1863 Listed as 'Elce, John and Co, machine and tool makers, and brass and iron founders, Phoenix Works, Jersey Street, Great Ancoats Street.'[6]

1863 Patent 168 issued to John Bell, Foreman, and John Speight, Fitter, both in the employ of John Elce & Co of the Phoenix Iron Works, Jersey Street, Manchester, for certain improvements in the construction of carding engines [7]

1865 Took limited liability to a value of £200,000. John Elce and Co of Phoenix Ironworks, Manchester have been in business for more than thirty years [8]

1866 Patent 3234 issued to John Elce of the Phoenix Iron Works and Robert Cotton of the Albion Spindle Works (Manchester) for improvements in the construction of parts of machines used in spinning and doubling [9]

1879 Advertising as makers of machinery for cleaning, preparing, spinning and doubling cotton, etc., including Booth-Sawyer ring spinning and doubling frames. [10]

The site of the works was subsequently occupied by William Allen (Manchester)

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 11 April 1840
  2. Staffordshire Gazette and County Standard - Thursday 21 October 1841
  3. Manchester Times - Saturday 23 November 1844
  4. 1853 Directory of Manchester and Salford
  5. [1]Exposition Universelle, 1855: Catalogue of the Works Exhibited at the British Section of the Exhibition
  6. 1863 Slater's Directory of Manchester and Salford
  7. [2] The London Gazette, January 30th, 1863
  8. Westmorland Gazette - Saturday 14 October 1865
  9. [3] The London Gazette, January 5th, 1866
  10. The Textile Manufacturer, 15 May 1879