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Jarrett, Dawson and Hardy

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Jarrett (Jarratt?), Dawson & Hardy of Shooter’s Brook Iron Foundry, Ancoats Lane, Manchester. Ancoats lane was later renamed Great Ancoats Street

The names Jarratt, Dawson and Hardy are better known in the context of Hird, Jarratt, Dawson and Hardy of the Low Moor Co.

1794 Advert: 'To be SOLD, by AUCTION. At the Bridgewater Arms, in Manchester, at four of the Clock in the Afternoon, on Friday the 11th Day of July 1794, A FREEHOLD ESTATE, containing 6000 Square Yards, of Land, on Part whereof is erected an Iron Founder, called Shooter’s Brook Foundery, consisting of a Castng House, of 60 Feet by 30 Feet, which contains (besides convenient Room for others) two Air Furnaces, a Cupola, and Stove, and to which are attached Shops for Dressing, Turning, and Joiners; also a large Warehouse, having under it a Foundery, and a Smith’s Shop. The above are close to the Town of Manchester, and most eligibly situated for further Buildings, either for the Iron or Cotton Trade, as on one Side thereof will the Ashton Canal, and on the other Side the Rochdale Canal. The whole is subject to an Annual Chief Rent of 87l. 10s.
The Purchaser may be accommodated with necessary Utensils for carrying on the Business of an Iron Founder, and the premises may be entered upon immediately.
Mr. Bassett, of Ancoats Lane, in Manchester, will shew the Premises, and further Particulars may had by applying Hardy and Hailstone’s Office, in Bradford, Yorkshire.' [1]

1797 Listed in Scholes's Manchester & Salford Directory, 1797, as iron founders, Shooter’s Brook Iron Foundry.

1813 Advertisement: 'ALL the Old Building Materials, consisting of BRICKS, TIMBER and SLATE, now being on certain premises, situate at Shooters Brook, near Ancoats, lately occupied by Messrs. Jarratt, Dawson, and Hardy, Iron Foundry. The above will be sold in Lots, at the pleasure of the Company. The material may be viewed application to Mr. Thomas Carr, joiner, near to Shooters Brook.' [2]

Shooter's Brook Foundry

1787 William Green’s map of 1787 - 1794 shows an iron works next to Shooter's Brook, close to Ancoats Lane. At this time the area was mostly fields.

1794 Scholes's Manchester & Salford Directory, 1794 lists Bassett and Smith as the occupants of 'Shooter’s Brook Iron Foundery', Ancoats Lane. Thomas Bassett's house was also on Ancoats Lane.

1800 Bancks's 1800 Manchester and Salford Directory includes a Dawson (no forename given) 'iron foundery', Shooter's Brow.

1831 Bancks’s 1831 map shows that the area had markedly changed, the brook no longer being visible, presumably being culverted. A larger foundry had been built in this area, and it is judged likely that the south eastern part incorporated the land and possibly buildings formerly occupied by Jarrett, Dawson & Hardy's foundry. The judgement recognises the possible limitations of the early maps, and the change in topography when the brook was culverted, but it is evident that the alignment of the buildings at the south western part of the new foundry is consistent with the old foundry. The enlarged foundry was the one developed by Fairbairn and Lillie in the mid 1820s, and recorded on the 1849 OS map as 'Shooter's Brook Iron Foundry No. 1'

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Mercury, 1 July 1794
  2. Manchester Mercury - Tuesday 09 November 1813