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John Sayer and Co

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of Walker, Newcastle

1889 'A NEW IRON FOUNDRY AT WALKER. After having been in disuse for a period of ten years, the engine shops at Walker, formerly worked by Messrs Bells, Lightfoot and Co., are now again the scene of an industry which is likely to flourish for many years, the premises having been taken on a long lease by Messrs John Sayer and Co., iron and brass founders of the Teams Foundry, Gateshead. Steam and hand-power cranes have been fixed, and the factory is now getting into working order under the personal superintendence of Mr John Sayer. Castings of every description are turned out, the firm doing work for the Consett Iron Company, Sir Wm. G. Armstrong, Mitchell and Co., the Elswick Lead Works, the London Lead Works, Messrs W. Doxford and Sons (Sunderland), the Redheugh Sheet Iron Company, and others. Railway communication has been established between the works and the riverside branch, and with the lease there is conveyed a right to river frontage at a short distance from the foundry. Orders are being received almost to an awkward degree, and it is probable that in a short period, when all is in full working order, that between 150 and 200 men will be afforded employment. In the course of the year Messrs Sayer and Co. will transfer the whole of their business to Walker.'[1]


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  1. Shields Daily Gazette, 23 October 1889