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Littlewood and Son

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of Blackburn

1840 '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Samuel Littlewood and James Butcher, under the firm of Samuel Littlewood and Company, as Iron-Founders and Machine-Makers, at Blackburn, in the county of Lancaster, was this day dissolved, as and from the 1st day of January last, by mutual consent; and that all debts due and owing from the said partnership will be paid and discharged by the said Samuel Littlewood; and that all debts due and owing to the said partnership are to be paid to the said Samuel Littlewood, who is solely and legally entitled and authorised to receive the same, and who will in future curry on the said businesses on his own separate account, at the works lately occupied by the said partners, situated on Foundry-hill, within Blackburn...'[1]

1846 Financial problems. 'Samuel Littlewood and William Littlewood, both of Blackburn, in the County of Lancaster, Ironfounders and Machine Makers.'[2]

1847 Sale Notice: 'at the Foundry, Machine Shop, Yard and Premwea, situate near the Canal, at Bottom Gate, in Blackburn; (by order of the Assignees of Messrs. Littlewood and Son)..... THE whole of the valuable WORKING TOOLS, unmanufactured STOCK-IN-TRADE, IMPLEMENTS and UTENSILS, comprising a capital 14-feet slide Lathe; ten (from 12 to 7-incb) back-geered Lathes; seven (from 10 to 6-inch) Lathes; three upright Drills; Planeing Machine; Screwing Machines; a large and good assortment of Lathe Tools, Drills, Stocks, Taps and Dies; Glaizers' Grinding-stones; Smiths’ Anvils, Bellows, Swage Anvils, Crank Blocks, Vices, and a great variety of Smiths’ Working Tools; wrought and cast-iron Cubelos, Fans; extensive assortment of Moulding Boxes ; iron founders’ Working Tools, implements and utensils; large and powerful Crane with block and chain; Joiners’ Benches and Working Tools Circular Saw ; Grinding Stone ; assorted broken-up Timber, io planks, boards, &c.; a large quantity of wrought round, square, and flat bar Iron; scrap Iron ; cast iron;
'Power-Loom and other Castings,
Piping, &c.; large Beam and Scales, with Weights ; good assortment of new Files, Screws, Nails, Sprigs, Bolts, and Nuts; Washers, Wire, Working Tools; new and old Brass, Block-tin. Cast-steel, &c. Also, a valuable and extensive lot of Iron and Wood Patterns, (of the most improved designs) for making
SPINNING AND WEAVING MACHINERY;
great variety of other Iron and Wood Patterns, and various other valuable and useful articles connected with the Iron Foundry and Machine Making business; the Office Fixtures consist of a double Desk, Iron Safe, .....'[3]

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