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John Booth (of Manchester)

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Assumed to be the successor to Wright, Craig and Booth: 'NOTICE is hereby given, that the Co-partnership, trade or businesses heretofore carried on betwixt the undersigned, Richard Wright, William Craig and John Booth, as Machine and Tool Makers, at Charles-street, within Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, under the style or firm of Wright, Craig, and Booth, was dissolved, by mutual consent, on the 12th day of December instant, so far as regards the said William Craig. All debts due and owing from the said partnership will be received and paid by the said Richard Wright and John Booth, by whom the said businesses will in future be carried out.— Dated this 18th day of December 1840. [1]

1841 John Booth listed as a Machine Maker, Charles Street Mill, Charles Street, Chortlon-on-Medlock in Pigot & Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1841

1842 February 15th. Bankruptcy? 'John Booth, formerly a Lodger at No. 25 Canal-street, Chorlton-street, Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, afterwards residing at No. 5, Hurlbut-street, Hulme, Manchester aforesaid, then of No. 8, Clare-street, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Manchester aforesaid, then a Lodger in Richmond-street, Manchester aforesaid, then a Lodger at No. 12, Minshull-street, Manchester aforesaid, Foreman or Manager to Joseph Whitworth and Company, Engineers and Machinists, Chorlton-street aforesaid, then residing at No. 94, Newcastle-street, Hulme aforesaid, at the same time carrying on business at Charles-street Mill, Brook-street, Manchester aforesaid, in copartnership with Richard Wright and William Craig, as Engineers, Machinists, and Mechanical Tool Makers, and Manufacturers of J. S. Worth's Patent Rotary Pump and Hay Cutting Machine, under the firm of Wright, Craig, and Booth, afterwards in copartnership with the said Richard Wright only, under the firm of Wright and Booth, then residing at No. 18, Chester-street, Hulme aforesaid, at the same time carrying on the above business at Charles street Mill aforesaid, under a deed of inspection, in the name of John Booth, and late a Lodger at No. 71,. Newcastle-street aforesaid, out of business.'[2]

1842 Auction notice: To Tool Makers, Millwrights, Machine Makers Valuable and very Superior Turning and Slide Lathes. Screw Cutting Machines, Slotting Machines, Planing Machines. Upright Drills, Stocks, Taps, and variety of other useful Tools, Stock in Trade, &c. By J. DREW (by order of the trustees of the estate of John Booth, under deed of assignment), on Friday, the 4th day of March, 1842, in the fifth and sixth room of Mr. Harker's Mill, situate in Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Manchester: The Whole of the STOCK IN TRADE, &c, consisting of one portable hand turning lathe, six-inch headstock, face plate, iron bearers 5½ ft feet long, and driving speeds ; one ditto, six-inch headstocks, six feet long; one ditto, six inch headstocks, seven feet long; one eight-inch geared turning lathe, large face plate and driving speeds; one nine-inch ditto, one eleven inch ditto, one fifteen-inch portable ditto; ditto, including cast iron saddle, large face plate, box choak, iron bearers ten feet long, and driving speeds; one portable self-acting screw cutting machine, six-inch headstocks, 3½ feet on the bed, carriage, train of wheels, and driving speeds; one ditto, four feet on the bed; one ditto, six feet on the bed; one planing machine, eight feet on the bed; one slotting machine, with carriage cutters and driving speeds; one upright drill and fixings; one ditto, double pillars, 14 vices, two new surface plates, eighteen inches by ten inches; two ditto, thirty inches by eight inches; one case of rimmers, from ¼ inch to 1½ } inch; one ditto, from ¼ inch to two inches; ten sets of stocks, taps, and dies, complete; several slide rests; great variety of turning, chasing, and planing tools; one of White's patent universal choaks, joiners' and filers' benches, tool racks, grindstone and cast-iron frame, three rotatory water pumps, Werth's patent; one set of new planing machine patterns, thirty-four feet on the bed, six feet wide; an excellent assortment of patterns for turning lathes, slide rests, and other machines; also a complete set of wood patterns for making Werth's patent screw machines; counting house fixtures, and other articles.—Sale to commence at ten o'clock. For further particulars, and to view the property, apply on the premises; or to the Auctioneer, 28, Pall Mall, Manchester. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 26 February 1842 [3]

The 1848 O.S. map shows Charles Street Mill bounded by the River Medlock, Charles Street, Harker Street, and a cluster of dwellings. The building was approx 100 ft long by 30 ft wide. The mill appears to have been subsequently used for wood screw making ('Partnership dissolved between Richard, William and James Edmondson, wood screw manufacturers at Charles Street Mill, Garrett Road, [4])

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette p.3053, 1840
  2. [1] Gazette Issue 20071 published on the 15 February 1842. Page 31 of 32
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - 26 February 1842
  4. London Gazette p.2013, 1844