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John Linton

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of Selby

1824 Marriage, 1st May: 'Mr. John Linton, tinner and brazier, to Miss Cokerill, both Selby.'[1]

1833 New Patents: 'Six months. John Linton of Selby, Yorkshire, brazier, for improved construction of steam-boiler. Dated January 29, 1833.' [2]

1833 'Linton's Patent Boilers.- The proprietors of the Adelaide steam-packet, (plying between Selby and Hull,) feel it due to Mr. John Linton, of Selby, to publicly state the advantages they have derived from the adoption of his recently-invented patent boilers. Their greatly reduced weight has lessened the vessel's draught of water nearly ten inches. This, in a river navigation, abounding with shoals and shifting sands, is an object of that paramount importance which must be obvious to all; and from their diminished size, the space which was before occupied by the boilers is now converted into an excellent hold for goods. These boilers generate a superabundance of steam, and from their peculiar construction a very considerable saving in fuel is effected. The Adelaide, which (prior to Mr. Linton's improvement) was not considered a fast packet, now ranks with the first (in point of speed) amongst the numerous steam-boats that navigate the Humber. The proprietors are so fully convinced of the superiority of these boilers over those of every other construction, that they will be glad to furnish any information to parties respecting them, on application by letter, (post paid,) to the Treasurer, at Selby.'[3]

1833 'Selby.- A few days since, was witnessed by a respectable part of the inhabitants of Selby the trial of a newly constructed locomotive engine, made Messrs. John Linton and Co. for Messrs. Hamer and Pratt, contractors on the Leeds and Selby Railway. The engine is capable of conveying goods or passengers on the line of this railway at the rate of forty miles per hour, with the consumption of one bushel of fuel from Selby to Leeds.' [4]

1834 ' The Arrow Steamer.— Last week was launched from the premises of Messrs. John Linton and Co., Selby, a beautiful iron steam-boat, called the Arrow, built for Mr. John Leatham, and intended to ply to York. When afloat her draught of water was somewhat less than twelve inches, and when complete with engine, boiler, and stores on board, it will not exceed twenty-two inches, which will enable her navigate the river at all times of the tide. York Chronicle.'[5]

1838 'Steam Packet Launch at Selby. — On Saturday last, a new and handsome steamer, the "City of York," was launched from the yard of Mr. John Linton, Selby. She is a large and commodious iron vessel, built expressly for the York and Hull trade, the property of the owners of the Arrow steamer, which has now been three years on the station. The "City of York" will be fitted up in a a very superior manner, with a first-rale engine of forty horse power, and constructed on tbe most improved principle for shallow water navigation, drawing only eleven inches, and when complete with engine boiler, she will not exceed three feet six inches.'[6]

1841 'On Saturday, an iron schooner, called the "Tamer," was launched from the staith opposite Mr. John. Linton's foundry, by whom she was built. She glided very smoothly into the water, and is a complete and well-built vessel.'[7]

1843 Partnership dissolved, from the London Gazette: 'June 19.— John Linton and John Camsell, Selby, engine and boiler-makers, iron and brass-founders, and smiths.'[8]

1843 Advertisement: 'LOCOMOTIVE ENGINE & STOCK-IN-TRADE FOR SALE.- By MR. JOHN HOLMES, at the George Hotel, in Selby, in the County of York, on Wednesday, the Eighth Day of November next, at One o’clock p.m. precisely, unless previously disposed of by Private Contract):
A LOCOMOTIVE STEAM ENGINE, of the following Dimensions: Two Cylinders 13 in. diameter, 20 in. Stroke; Two Driving Wheels 5 feet 6 in. diameter, and 4 small Wheels 3 Feet 6 in. diameter; Copper Fire Box, and 106 Two-inch Brass Tubes.
The Engine is well constructed and quite new. It may be seen on Application to Mr. John Linton, Selby.
Also, to be SOLD by AUCTION, on the Premises in Selby, lately occupied by Messrs. Linton and Camsell, (who have dissolved Partnership) on Wednesday, the Eighth of November aforesaid, and following days, ALL THE STOCK IN TRADE, And Machines, Models, and Tools used in their Businesses of Engine and Boiler Makers, Iron and Brass Founders, and Smiths, comprising,
A HIGH PRESSURE STEAM ENGINE of 10 Horse Power, which has been used on the Premises for driving the Machinery , a large Lathe with Six Feet Face Plate, and Boring Apparatus for Cylinders, and Slide rest ; a 12 inch Backgeared and other Lathes, with Chuck, Plates, &c. ; an Upright Self-acting Drilling Machine with Back-gear; a Screwing Machine, with Taps and Dies Half Inch to Two and Half Inch, and Apparatus for boring Locomotive Cylinders; together with every other kind of Machinery, and Tools suitable for the Trade, the whole of which have been selected with care and are of modern make.
Also, the Stock of Bar and Pig Irons, &c.
The Sale of the Stock, &c., will begin at Ten O/clock each Day.
Catalogues, with further Particulars, may be obtained of Mr. John Linton, on the Premises, or Mr. HAIGH, Solicitor, Selby.'[9]

1854 'Selby Waterworks.— The workmen (under the superintendence of Mr. John Linton, of Selby), engaged in laying the mainpipes throughout the town for the supply of water, are getting rapidly on with their work, which is expected to be completed in the course of a fortnight. The contract for building the engine and boiler house has been taken Mr. Edwin North, of Castleford, to be completed in August next.'[10]

1866 'The following patents, amongst others sealed during the week ending April 14th, are from the list of Mr. Philip H. Sharp, patent agent, Leeds and Bradford :—John Linton, of Selby, for the utilization of town sewage for agricultural purposes, and also to prevent the pollution of rivers and streams, and the machinery and apparatus for effecting the same. Dated 12th October.'[11]


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Sources of Information

  1. Leeds Intelligencer, 6 May 1824
  2. Leicester Chronicle, 16 March 1833
  3. Liverpool Mercury, 30 August 1833
  4. Yorkshire Gazette, 28 September 1833
  5. Sussex Advertiser, 27 October 1834
  6. Leeds Intelligencer, Saturday 17 February 1838
  7. Yorkshire Gazette, 25 September 1841
  8. Aris's Birmingham Gazette, 3 July 1843
  9. Leeds Mercury, 28 October 1843
  10. Leeds Intelligencer, 27 May 1854
  11. Leeds Intelligencer, 21 April 1866