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1818 James Foster oversaw the construction of two new blast furnaces at Bradley's Stourbridge Iron Works, thereby controlling all stages of iron production.
1818 Foster leased mines at Wombridge with an obligation to build two blast furnaces within 18 months.
1824 a third blast furnace was added at Wombridge
1825 The original two Wombridge furnaces produced over 5,000 tons.
1831 Foster bought the Calcutts Ironworks and mines from the executors of Alexander Brodie and shut most of the furnaces as they were outdated but continued to use the mines for supplying ironstone and lime to his foundry.
1837 Foster bought out his two partners in the Wombridge and the associated Hadley works but the Windmill farm inclined plane (in Madeley) was apparently unable to raise fully laden boats, thereby restricting the supply of the Wombridge works with his own coal
1837 James Foster became the sole owner of John Bradley and Co. The Stourbridge Iron Works continued to produce rods, bars and wires while the foundry worked on specialist rolling machines.
1843 Foster built three blast furnaces at Madeley Court to replace those at Wombridge, which perhaps had already been closed. All the Madeley Court pig iron was sent to Foster's ironworks in Staffordshire and Worcestershire, to be blended with other types, for the manufacture of high quality bar.
1853 James's nephew, William Orme Foster (-1899), inherited the £700,000 estate and, under his stewardship, John Bradley and Co. continued to grow.