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Joseph Simpson

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of Soho Ironworks, Manchester - See Shipton and Simpson and Simpson and Shipton

Of Simpson and Barnes?

1848 Patent. 'Joseph Simpson, Manchester, engineer, and James Alfred Shipton, of the same place, engineer, for certain improvements in steam engines. August 14.'[1]

1851 'The Liverpool Mercury says— "Some few weeks ago gave a description of Messrs. Simpson and Shipton's new and valuable reciprocating steam engine, as it was seen at work in the Great Exhibition — an engine adapted either for locomotives or stationary purposes, but particularly for screw steam-ships. On looking over the list of prizes awarded to the fortunate exhibitors, we find that the exhibitors, who reside in Manchester, have gained the prize medal for their novel invention. The inventor is Mr. Joseph Simpson, son of Mr. R. Simpson, painter and decorator, Newcastle, Staffordshire, and the gentleman who gained the £200 prize for the best design for the great landing stage now moored off the Georges pier." '[2]

1855 'SIMPSON & BARNES (late Shipton and Co.) Engineers, Millwrights, Ironfounders. &c. works Grey-street, near the Railway Station, Openshaw, Manchester, beg respectfully to inform their Friends and the Public that they intend to carry on the above business in all its breaches, and trust, by assiduity and prompt attention, to obtain at share of their support.'[3]

1859 Simpson and Barnes: partnership dissolved.[4]

1862 Patent sealed: 'George Peel, junior, of Manchester, engineer, and Joseph Simpson, of the same place, manager, for improvements in the construction, arrangement, and mode of working hydraulic presses, and in the of force pumps. Dated June 4, 1862.'[5]

1874 Letter to The Engineer concerning the plans in 1845 for St. George's Pier, Liverpool which he claims to have designed. From Joseph Simpson, Soho Ironworks, Manchester.[6]. Note: Soho Ironworks = Peel, Williams and Peel, probably.

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Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Journal - Saturday 02 September 1848
  2. Staffordshire Advertiser, 1 November 1851
  3. Manchester Times - Saturday 6 January 1855
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 21 May 1859
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 29 November 1862
  6. The Engineer 1874/09/11