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Ketley Co

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of Wellington, Shropshire

Iron Masters

1790 Adam Heslop was working for the company (presumably Ketley Iron Works) when he patented his steam engine[1]

1818 The mineral lease held by the Ketley Iron Works was granted to the Ketley Co (Richard Mountford, Henry Williams, William Shakeshaft, John Ogle, and William Hombersley), new lessees of the ironworks, to whom it was renewed from 1839 and 1860.

1850s pig and bar iron remained the chief products.

1874 The Ketley Co. remained profitable until 1874

1876 liabilities exceeded assets by at least £12,000.

c.1879 The iron and brick works were sold, and the company surrendered its coal and ironstone lease

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. James Watt and the Steam Engine: The Memorial Volume Prepared for the Committee of the Watt Centenary Commemoration at Birmingham 1919