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James Marsland and Son

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J Marsland & Son of Burnley.

Established by James Marsland

1848 'On the evenings of Monday and Tuesday week considerable amusement was created in Burnley by the removal of two heavy castings, of about ten tuns each, from the extensive iron works belonging to James Marsland and Son, Esqrs., Burnley, to their destination at one of the bridges the Burnley and Todmorden railway near Union Bar, on the Todmorden Road. As horses were somewhat difficult obtain, the men employed on the works formed the resolution to transport the beams themselves ; and, after attaching ropes to the waggon, from 120 to 150 persons set heartily to work and dragged the beams through the town in good style. On their return they were treated by Mr. Marsland with his usual generosity, opposite his house in Burnley Wood, and the fact of half a dozen sweeps being seated on the waggon as it returned added not little to the enjoyment of the spectators.'[1]

1853 Advert: 'IRON WORKS, BURNLEY, LANCASHIRE.— TO BE SOLD by Private Contract, by order of the executors of the late Mr. James Marsland, the Extensive IRON WORKS, comprising engineering forge and gas pipe manufacturing establishments, situate Habergham Eaves, Burnley, for many years carried on by the eminent firm of James Marsland and Son, together with the steam engines, steam boilers, steam pipes, mill geering, gas apparatus, pipes, fittings, and machinery now in use at the said works; also the Stock in Trade of the said firm, and the Contracts and Orders on hand, these latter (including the stock in trade) to be taken at valuation—The surplus steam power of the works is under contract for two or three years, to supply loom rooms forming part of the property. These contracts, with the geering, &c., of the rooms will be included in the sale of the premises. The works are in all respects in a most efficient state, and the large orders on hand, which will be transferred to a purchaser, render the present opportunity of purchase extremely eligible. A portion of the purchase money may remain on mortgage of the fixed property, at a moderate rate of interest.—To view the premises, apply to Mr. George Yates, Iron Works, Burnley, Lancashire; for further particulars, apply to Mr. F. R. Ward, solicitor, Bristol; or to T. M. FISHER SON, auctioneers, 12, Kennedy-street, Manchester.' [2]

1861 The exors of James Marsland & Son sold the works to a partnership formed by William Bracewell and Price Griffiths. Bracewell became the sole owner in 1864. The business, which also included weaving, was sold in 1887 to a new company - the Burnley Ironworks Co[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. Blackburn Standard, 28 June 1848
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 12 March 1853
  3. 'The Textile Mills of Pendle and their Steam Engines' by Geoff Shackleton, Landmark Publishing Ltd, 2006