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Joseph Hall (1789-1862), the inventor of 'Wet Puddling',
1789 Born at Tipton
1806 Apprenticed as a puddler to use Henry Cort's puddling process. He tried adding old iron to the charge of the puddling furnace and later puddler's bosh cinder (iron scale, that is rust) to the charge. This caused the charge (to his surprise) to boil violently. When this subsided he gathered the iron into a puddle ball in the usual way, and this proved to be good iron. This became known as 'pig boiling' or 'wet puddling'.
c1810 Married Elizabeth Danks
In 1830, with the financial support of others he established the Bloomfield Ironworks at Tipton,
Joseph Hall was good friends with George and Edward Thorneycroft, and with Mr Talbot, manager of Bagnalls Works; they discussed improvements in the methods of producing iron, such as "pig iron boiling"
1834 The firm became Bramah, Barrows, and Hall.
In 1839, Hall patented the use of 'bulldog' (roasted tap cinder) to protect the iron bottom plate of the puddling furnace.
In 1849, he moved to small house at Handsworth but continued to visit the works occasionally.
1851 Living at Bloomfield House, Handsworth (age 62 born Tipton), Iron Master of the firm Barrows and Hall, 1,000 men. With his wife Elizabeth (age 62 born Wembourn, Staffs) and their daughter Sarah (age 26 born Tipton). Plus four visitors and two servants. 
1861 Living at Beacon House, Handsworth (age 72 born Tipton), an Iron Master. With his wife Elizabeth (age 72 born Tipton). Three servants. 
1862 January 25th. Died
1862 January 29th. Obituary. Age 72 of Barrows and Hall of the Bloomfield Foundry and Tipton Green works. His application of 'puddle boiling' not patented and became the common property of all. Unobtrusive man.