Joseph Wright and Sons
of Saltley, Birmingham and an office in London
1838 He built for the London and Birmingham Railway
1845 Wright moved the carriage works from London to Birmingham where he purchased six acres of meadowland in Saltley, adjacent to the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway line, with the intention of building a factory for the production of railway rolling stock. Wright, realising that the future lay in the development of the railways devoted his energies, together with those of his sons to building rolling stock.
1849 Directory: Listed as manufacturers of railway equipment
1853 new buildings erected on the Saltley site
1855 Joseph Wright the elder left the Partnership with Henry Wright, and Joseph Wright the younger, carrying on business as Railway Carriage Manufacturers and Contractors, at Saltley, in the county of Warwick, under the style or firm of Joseph Wright and Sons
1858 Employing 1,300 persons
1859 Benjamin Wright left partnership.
Sources of Information
- London Gazette 8 May 1857
- History and Directory of Birmingham, 1849: Railway Equipment
- Metro-Cammell - 150 years of Craftsmanship by K. beddoes, C Wheeler and S. Wheeler. Published 1999