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J. Wride

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of Taunton and Bridgwater

1821 Advertisement: 'Taunton - 'Iron and Brass Foundry
'J. WRIDE most respectfully informs his friends and the Public, that in addition to his Plumbing and other Business, that he has opened a BRASS and IRON FOUNDRY, where all kinds of Dry Sand and Loam Castings are executed in the neatest and most expeditious manner. Iron Chests, Doors, and Bookcases, Virandas, Ornamental Park and Garden Railing, Garden and Field Rollers, with cleansers to ditto. Cyder Press and Other Screws, Iron Pumps on improved principles, &c. &c.
'Engineers, Millwrights, &c. may depend on having their patterns carefully returned, and which will in no case be used for any other person without their consent.
'N. B. Most money given for Old Cast Iron, Brass, &c.
'A stout, active LAD wanted as an Apprentice in the above concern.' [1]

1822 Advertisement: 'BRIDGWATER. IRON AND BRASS FOUNDRY.
J. WRIDE, Plumber, &c. most respectfully informs his Friends and the Public, that in addition to his business at Taunton, he has opened a BRASS and IRON FOUNDRY, at the Glass House, Bridgwater, where all kinds of Dry Sand and Loom Castings are executed in the neatest and most expeditious manner. Iron chests, doors and bookcases, register and other stoves, virandas, ornamental park and garden railing, garden and field rollers, with cleansers to ditto, cider press and other screws, iron pumps on improved principles. &c. &c.
Engineers, Millwrights, &c may depend on having their patterns carefully returned, and which will in no case be used for any other person without their consent.
N. B. Orders received at his manufactory, East Street, Taunton, or at the Glass House Iron Foundry, Bridgwater, will meet attention.
Most money for OLD CAST IRON, BRASS, and other Metals.
Two or Three stout, active LADS wanted as Out-door Apprentices'[2]. Note: the 'Glass House Foundry' was probably the one previously occupied by Richard Down.

1824 Advertisement: 'BRIDGEWATER. To be Let, with immediate Possession, an extensive IRON FOUNDRY, with Drying-Stove, excellent Smith's and Carpenter’s Shops, Warehouse, and other necessary Buildings, late in the occupation of Mr. J. WRIDE, deceased. The Premises are held on a Lease for 21 Years, determinable at the expiration of the first 7 or 14 years, at the option of the Lessee. The Premises possess every convenience for carrying on the Business to a great extent, being situated near the Navigable River. The Machinery, for blowing the bellows, turning the lathes. grindstones. &c., is worked by a horse. For viewing the Premises, apply to Mr. FRANCIS HIDE, Bridgewater ; and for further particulars, to Mrs. WRIDE, East-Street, Taunton.'[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser, 23 May 1821
  2. Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser, 13 March 1822
  3. Bristol Mirror, 5 June 1824