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James Mills and Co (Engineers)

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of Moss Iron Works, Heywood, Lancs.

1896 Advert: 'Heywood. Freehold Foundry, Engineering Works, and other Property in Heywood for Sale in Lots. By James Mills Limited, in Voluntary Liquidation. The FREEHOLD FOUNDRY and ENGINEERING WORKS known as "Moss Foundry," situate in Foundry-street, Heywood, in the County of Lancaster, ....2,560 square yards or thereabouts.....
Moss Foundry and Engineering Works, Heywood, near Manchester. Re James Mills Limited, in Voluntary Liquidation. Highly important Piecemeal Sale of first-class Modern Engineering and Machine Tools, Smithy and Foundry Plant, Loose Working Tools, Stores and Stock-in-trade, Patterns, .... include sixteen double-geared and ungeared sliding, surfacing, screw-cutting, pulley turning, rhymering, pillar and pipe facing, and hand turning lathes, up to 14 1/2 in. centres, on straight and gap beds up to 32ft. long, by Towle, Teggin and Carter, and others; spare cast-iron lathe bed, 27ft. long; treble-geared sliding and surfacing break lathe, to take in 6ft 4in. dia., with compound slide reet and 15ft. sliding bed, by F. Berry and Sons; treble-gearing pit turning lathe, with 5ft geared face plate; double-geared break lathe to take 6ft., and one ditto to take 4ft 6in. dia. ; double-geared radial arm drilling machine, with 6ft 6in. rising and falling radial arm, and slotted plated over pit, by Creighton, Teggin and Carter; ditto with 5ft. rising and falling radial arm and slotted box table, by Manchester Machine Tool Company, and ditto with 4ft 6in. radial arm, by same; planing machine to plane 18fft. long, 5ft. 2in. wide. 5ft. 2in. high, with double tool box, etc., self-acting in all motions, by Francis Berry and Sons; ditto to plane 6ft long, 2ft. 2in. by 2ft. high ; one 16in. stroke double-geared and one 12in. stroke single-geared slotting machines, each with circular compund slide table, by F. Berry and Sons; 16in. stroke double-geared shaping machine, by W. Collier and Co, and one 9in. stroke ditto by Kendall and Gent; slot drilling machine by F. Berry and Sons; milling machine; punching and shearing machine; screwing and tapping machine up to 2in., by F. Berry and Sons, vertical boring machne for boring cylinders up to 36in. dia.: two sets portable engine cylinder boring apparatus and steam engines for same; set of crank pin boring tackle and set of engine beam boring tackle, all for working when in position.
The SMITHY TOOLS include 7cwt steam hammer by B. and S. Massey: 10in. raised to 12in. stretching lathe, on 27ft. bed: ....
The FOUNDRY PLANT includes three Scott's patent table and pillar wheel moulding machines, to make wheels up to 12ft., 7ft., and 4ft dia. reapectively, by Jackson and Broker, Bolton, and set of six circular boxes and tools for same : geared metal hoist; nearly new Schiele's blowing fan ....
The WOOD-WORKING MACHINERY includes 30in. band sawing machine, with 3ft by 3ft. table, by John Wild and Co, Oldham ....
fhe whole of the IRON and WOOD PATTERNS, DRAWINGS, and SPECIFICATIONS used in connection with the business of James Mills Limited, established for upwards of 50 years for general engineering, millwright, builders' ironwork, and other jobbing work; also complete set iron pulley patterns, from 6in. to 72in'; about about 300 wood rope pulley patterns, from 12in. to 15ft. dia.: and about 1,000 blocks and core boxes for machine moulded spur, bevel, worm, and double helical wheels, from 6in. to 12ft. dia; 20 iron fly wheel patterns, from 30in. to 8ft 6in. dia. : about eight tons gutter patterns and iron pipe patterns up to 14in. dia. - etc. ....' [1]

1897 Matthew William Mills went into business on his own account under the title of James Mills and Company.

1923 The business was formed into a limited liability company, with Mr. Mills as chairman of directors, specialized in mechanical apparatus for sewage purification.

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Sources of Information

  1. Heywood Advertiser - Friday 31 January 1896