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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Lanesfield Ironworks

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of Lanesfield Ironworks, Spring Vale, near Wolverhampton

1866 Formerly occupied by Jones and Murcott. Labour dispute with their puddlers [1]

1870 'FATAL BOILER EXPLOSION. A fatal and destructive explosion happened on Tuesday night the Lanesfield Ironworks, Spring Yale, near Wolverhampton, belonging Messrs H. de Simencourt and Co. A boiler burst whilst the workpeople were chanhging turns. The body of John Shorthouse. the fireman, was dug out of the ruins; and Enoch Elwell, a shearer, remains there, and his corpse is being searched for. A considerable number of other workpeople are injured — some, it is feared, fatally; and the works are damaged, bat can resume in a week. Tbe boiler was under official inspection, but was not insured.' [2]

1874 'Another Failure in the Staffordshire Iron Trade. — Yesterday, a petition for liquidation in the Oldbury County Court was filed, on behalf of Mr.William George Merriman, of the Lanesfield Ironworks, Wolverhampton, and of tbe Woodlands, Hill Top. Tbe liabilities are set down at £12,300. The failure is attributed to a rapidly-falling market at a time of exceptionally high prices of materials and wages. Mr. Merri man proposes to pay a composition, and then resume work.'[3]

1876 'Mr. Stephen Thompson, tbe wealthy iron and tin-plate manufacturer, who has retired from the firm ofThompson, Hatton, and Co., has become the purchaser of the Lanesfield Ironworks, between Wolverhampton and Bilston, This concern has a few years passed through many hands, and Mr. Thompson, who wrought so great change at the Bradley Tin-plate Works when he became its owner, will soon have greatly improved its status. Beneath it the coal is understood to be lying intact; yet the depression in the iron trade bas enabled Mr. Thompson to become the possessor of it on terms which may regarded as favourable. Iron only has hitherto been produced at Lanesfield, but henceforth Mr. Thompson will adapt the works to tinplate making, and will carry on that branch of manufacture.'<ref>Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Thursday 24 February 1876</ref.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 5th January 1866 p19
  2. Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser - Saturday 25 June 1870
  3. Bradford Observer - Thursday 23 April 1874