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Marsden and Walker

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Marsden & Walker (or Marsden, Walker?) of 11 Cross Street and Bury Street, Salford

1822 'TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, ..... MESSUAGE or DWELLING HOUSE, with the Coach-house, Stabling, Brew-house, Wash-house, Pump, and other conveniences thereto belonging, together with the vacant Plot of land adjoining, situate in and forming parts of Bury-street and Cross-street, in Salford, and which Dwelling-House was formerly the residence of the late Mr. Thomas Leeming, deceased, but now untenented ..... These erections were built, not many years ago, by the late Mr. Leeming, for his own occupation, of the best materials that could be procured. The window frames in front of Bury-street, and many of the doors, are of mahogany. There are excellent arched cellars, and the house, from the nature of its construction, and the conveniences it possesses, may considered the best family residence the neighbourhood, and at little expense may be converted into two Dwelling-houses. The vacant Land is sufficient for the erection of another Dwelling-House of equal dimensions.
Lot 2.— The Fee Simple of and in all those two Messuages or Dwelling-Houses, or Shops, situate and forming part of Bury-street aforesaid, and now in the occupation of Thomas Davis and Benjamin Hollinhead. And also and all those several Erections and Buildings adjoining the said two mentioned Messuages or Dwelling-houses, consisting of Joiners', Machine Makers', and Turners' Shops, Smithies, and Ironfoundry, together with an excellent Steam Engine of ten horses power, Stove, Millwright-work, and Geering thereunto belonging, the whole in complete repair, and now in the occupation of Messrs. Marsden and Walker. .....'[1]

1824 'Fire at Manchester.—A little before 2 o'clock on Wednesday morning, a fire broke out in the premises of Messrs. Marsden and Walker, machine-makers, in John's street, Bury-street, Salford. So rapid was the destructive element, that before water was procured, the interior of tbe building was completely in blaze, and the roof shortly afterwards fell in. It appeared as if the fire had commenced in some of the top rooms, but how it originated conjecture is at a loss. There was a vast quantity of new machinery ready be sent off, all of which was destroyed, as well as the stock of tools, &c. We are sorry to say, that many of workmen are sufferers by their chests of tools, &c being burnt. There were several engines, that played upon the adjoining buildings, which, by the activity of the firemen and other individuals, were saved. The loss of machinery is estimated at about £2,000, independent of the building; but, we understand, the parties are insured. By this calamity 200 people are thrown out of employment for tbe present.'[2]

1825 Machine and roller makers and iron founders [3]

1825 'Died .... On Wednesday last, after a tedious illness, which he bore with Christian fortitude and pious submission to the Divine will, Mr. Henry Walker, of the firm of Marsden and Walker, machine-makers, Bury-street, Salford, in the 44th year his age.'[4]

A source [5] suggests that the firm Marsden & Walker may have succeeded Knowles and Walker of the same address, by 1824-5

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Mercury, 3 December 1822
  2. Chester Courant, Tuesday 27th January 1824
  3. [1]History, Directory, and Gazeteer of the County Palatine of Lancaster, Vol 2
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 30 April 1825
  5. [2]'Capital, Entrepreneurs and Profits' by R P T Davenport-Hines Frank Cass 1990