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M. Buck and Sons

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Large sliding bed Buck lathe at Blists Hill Victorian Town, latterly used for roll turning
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Buck cylindrical grinder at Bradford Industrial Museum.

Michael Buck & Sons of Albert Ironworks, Turton Street, Little Bolton. Note: Not the same works as Albert Ironworks (Bolton)

Machine tool maker

Cylindrical grinder exhibited at Bradford Industrial Museum.

Large lathe at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

1862 Michael Buck & Sons advertising a number of new lathes, drilling machines, and shaping machines.[1]

1864 Advert: 'ON SALE, One strong SLIDE LATHE, suitable for Bowl Tuning, 18 in. centre, bed 20 feet long ; One do., 14 in. centre, 25ft feet bed. with self acting surfacing motion — Apply to M. Buck and Sons, Albert Ironworks, Little Bolton.'[2]

1871 Advertising for 'One or two boys, accustomed to Lathe work.'[3]

Shortly before two o'clok to-day, a serious accident occurred at Messrs. Buck and Sons, Albert Ironworks, Turton-street, through the fall of an iron staging. In one portion of the works are erected two furnaces, and a few feet from the ground was placed an iron platform, from which the furnaces were filled, and where the workmen stand who attend to the furnaces. This morning, only one furnace was in use, and there was piled about 20 tons of pig iron ready to be placed in the other furnace. It is supposed that it was through this weight of iron being placed too much in the centre that it caused the platform to give way. Either from this or some other cause it came down with crash, precipitating a furnaceman, named John Kay, who was standing on one part it, to the ground, and some of the iron plates fell upon William Seary, furnaceman, who was working underneath. Fortunately Seary was far enough from that part where the pig iron came down, or it would have been certain death to him. Both men were immediately attended to and removed to the Infirmary, it was found that Seary had sustained fracture of the right leg, a cut on the head, and scalp wound; and Kay, who was at the top, severely bruised about the ankle knee. Seary was admitted an inmate of the Infirmary, and Kay was removed home.'[4]

1880 Advertisement: 'ON SALE, ONE BEAM ENGINE, 32in cylinder, 6ft. stroke, Musgrave and Sons; One Beam Engine, 30in. cylinder, 4ft. stroke, Hick and Son ; 150 Tons , of Cast Iron Beams and Pillars.—M. BUCK & SONS, Bolton.' [5]

1887 Advertisement: 'TO ENGINEERS. IRONFOUNDERS, AND OTHERS.—TO BE SOLD by Private Treaty, the ALBERT IRONWORKS, Bolton, carried on by M. Buck and Sons, with the valuable Plant and Machinery, as a going concern.— For further particulars apply P. & J. KEVAN, 12, Acresfield, Bolton. N.B.— The business is continued as usual.[6] Note: Sold following the death of the proprietor, Mr John Buck [7]

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Sources of Information

  1. Bolton Chronicle, 5 July 1862
  2. Bolton Chronicle - Saturday 23 April 1864
  3. Bolton Evening News - Wednesday 28 June 1871
  4. Bolton Evening News - Thursday 1 July 1875
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 19th January 1880
  6. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 19th January 1880
  7. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser,8th March 1887