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J. and T. Sherratt

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John Sherratt and Thomas Sherratt of Salford Iron Works

Successors to Bateman and Sherratt

1814 Ironfounders

1821 John and Thomas Sherratt listed as iron founders of Hardman street. [1]

A beam engine at Jesse Shirley's flint mill in Hanley is thought to have been made by Sherratt [2]

1822 'Steam Engine at the Bottom of a Coal-Pit'. 'An engine pit of 147½ ft deep has been sunk upon the Black Mine in Newton near Stockport by Bateman and Sherratt upon the estate of F. D. Astley.' The engine was erected at bottom of the pit in an engine House 30 ft long, 30 ft high, 10t wide. The 28 HP engine was of 5 ft stroke and had a beam 16 ft long and flywheel 16 ft diameter. The boiler was 25 ft long, 6.5 ft wide. The engine worked an inclined plane 333 yds long at an average angle 37 degrees, using an endless chain of about 5 tons in weight. Engine made by J & T Sherratt 'and set up under the immediate inspection of Bateman & Sherratt's agent, Mr J Wilde of Dukinfield' [3]. Note: In view of the hazards, it seems curious having a coal-fired boiler in a deep mine, although some mines did use furnaces to create a draught for ventilation purposes. Nothing further has been found about this installation. It is noted that there was a disaster at the mine due to a fire damp explosion in 1842[4], but it is not known whether the underground engine house was still in use at that time.

1825 Advertisement. 'COTTON MILL. BE LET, for a Term of Years, A COTTON MILL, 26 yards long, 13 yards wide, 8 stories high, and a room in the attic; with a Steam Engine of 36 horses power, the Main Shafts, and Steam Pipes for heating the rooms. The above Fire-proof, and situate in Brown-street, Salford, within five minutes walk of the Manchester Exchange For particulars inquire of J. and T. Sherratt, Salford Iron Works.'[5]

1834 The Mersey and Irwell Navigation Company's newly built steam tug 'Rival' left the dock for the first time in September 1834. Built in the Company's yard in Runcorn, it was fitted with two engines 20 HP each, made by J & T Sherratt. They were placed in the boat under the immediate superintendence of the Company's engineer (Mersey & Irwell or Sherratt?) Mr Richard Phillips[6]

1838 Advertisement for sale of plant and equipment of Salford Iron Works belonging to the late Messrs J & T Sherratt, Hardman Street and Brown Street, to be held on 11th & 12th June 1838. The advertisement listed many items, and a few will be highlighted here, namely:- A 'Pneumatic Engine' and a fine model of a pneumatic engine; 14 HP slide valve engine and 20 HP boiler; 10 HP hand gear engine and 24 HP boiler; boring mills; 22" stroke slotting machine; planing machines for work up to 21 ft and 9 ft long; various lathes with centre heights from 7" to 24"; cranes: one crab, one 'universal', 24 wood and iron cranes; Three air furnaces, two cupolas [7]

1838 Advertisement: To be let land and buildings at Brown Street, lately in the occupation of J & T Sherratt as a boiler yard. Amenities included a good supply of river and spring water[8]

1843 Advertisement for disposal at Fenton Park Colliery of equipment including a Sherratt pumping engine with 63" bore cylinder, 8 ft stroke and Sherratt winding engine with 32" bore cylinder[9]

1854 An advertisement for the sale of Springfield Lane Dye Works, adjoining Irwell and Dickinson Street, included a 40 HP condensing engine by J & T Sherratt[10]

1845 'A POWERFUL STEAM ENGINE. FOR SALE, a powerful single acting PUMPING ENGINE, sixty-three inch cylinder, eight feet stroke, by Sherratt, of Manchester, one large wrought iron Boiler (dome shaped) with steam and feed pipes, Air Pump and Condenser, thirty cast iron Pump Trees, nine feet each, with clack doors and working barrels, cast iron Floor Beams, iron Plates, Balustrade Staircases, Winding Crab for raising cylinder cover and holding down pins, Capstan and Shears, and Bolts for the pump trees md pump rods. May be seen at the Broadfield Colliery, Fenton, Stoke-upon-Tren.t Apply to Mr. A. Barton (who will show the engine), for terms. Stoke-upon-Trent, March 14, 1845.'[11]

Employees

1834 Death Notice: '...on 19th inst Mr John Morrison, 51, loam moulder, in the employ of Messrs Sherratt at Salford Iron Works for upwards of 20 years. His conduct as a servant was exemplary. He was a sober, steady, honest useful and industrious man, and his loss is much regretted by all who knew him [12]

1841 Death Notice: 'On the 20th inst., in his 55th year, Mr. John Isherwood, for many years traveller for the late firm Thomas Sherratt and Co., ironfounders, of Salford.'[13]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1821-22 Pigot & Dean's New Directory of Manchester and Salford
  2. 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain', Volume 5, by George Watkins
  3. Morning Post - Monday 11th November 1822
  4. Report of an explosion at Flowery Fields Black Mine at Newton: Sheffield Independent - Saturday 16th April 1842
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 05 March 1825
  6. Westmorland Gazette - Saturday 9th August 1834, reporting events on 'Monday week'
  7. Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 5th May 1838
  8. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 14th July 1838
  9. Leicester Journal - Friday 14th April 1843
  10. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 3rd June 1854
  11. Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser, 26 March 1845
  12. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 20th September 1834
  13. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 31st December 1841