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Moorwood, Sons and Co

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of Harleston Iron Works, Sheffield

Also known as Moorwood and Sons

The company made a wide range of iron and steel products, including Bake-house equipment, as the following examples and sale notice will show.

1888 Thomas Watson left Watson, Moorwood and Co which was continued by Thomas Parkin Moorwood and his 2 sons as Moorwood, Sons and Co at the same premises[1]

1890 'At the Harleston Iron Works (Moorwood, Sons, and Co.) this week saw the largest ingot mould ever made in Sheffield. It is 14 feet high by 5 feet 6 inches square, and weighs 40 tons. The chiefs of neighbouring firms have been to Messrs. Moorwood, Sons, and Co.'s to see this huge production, which has been made for local company. It will be used for casting Bessemer steel ingots for ponderous marine work.'[2]

1896 'A very rigorous effort is being made to attract the cycle, motor car, and kindred industries to Sheffield. For some time the manufacture of rims, spokes, and other accessories has been carried on here with considerable success, and now Messrs. Moorwood, Sons, and Co. are going in for the production of the finished article. They have erected suitable shops and fitted them with the newest up-to-date machinery, and already some of their motor cars are on the market. They hope soon to be in a position to turn out these vehicles in large numbers.' [3]

1900 'THE COST OF LAMP POSTS. The Watch Committee recommend the acceptance of the tender of Messrs. Moorwood, Sons, and Co. for the supply of 50 lamp posts and tulips for the sum of 27s each (in place of the tender of Messrs Newton, Chambers, and Co. a. 26s. each). They also recommend the acceptance of Mr. J. Mallinder's (Acorn Foundry) tender for street plates bearing the word "unadopted," at 2s. each.'[4]

1901 'A great amount interest has been shown in the district during a large part of to-day in the removal of a huge casting from Moorwood, Sons, Co.'s, Harleston Iron Works, to tho Bridgehouses Station. The casting is an armour-plate mould, weighing about 50 tons, and has been made for Armstrong, Whitworth, and Co., Manchester. It will be remembered that Messrs. Moorwood were recently fined £100 by the Highway Commmittee on the grounds that on removing a similar casting they damaged the roads, and complaints have been made of damage on other occasions. Great precautions have been taken to-day to avoid damage. Two traction engines are attached to the trolley on which the casting lies, and about forty yards in front is another engine, connected to first by a wire rope. This plan has been adopted in order to distribute the weight as much as possible, and the load is being moved about forty yards at a time. In order to preserve the paving, a thick layer of sand and boiler ashes is put town to form a track, and this has proved a successful expedient. There has naturally been considerable interruption of traffic. The load has not been brought along the public streets all the way, an arrangement having been made with the Midland Railway Company to come through the Wicker goods yard. The casting was brought from the yard into Saville Street at one o'clock this afternoon, and until half-past three the tramway service was affected, and the cars had to run a single line. Progress was slow owing to the necessity of spreading sand and afterwards clearing it up, but by half-past three the casting had been taken into Walker Street the way to the station.'[5]

1903 'IMPORTANT CONTRACT FOR A SHEFFIELD FIRM. Messrs. Moorwood, Sons, and Co (Limited), Harleston Works, Sheffield, have secured by open tender an important contract amounting to £10,830 for engineering works in connection with the hotwater apparatus for Hammersmith Workhouse and Infirmary.'[6]

1910 'FOR SALE as a GOING CONCERN, the Old-established and well-known BUSINESS of MOORWOOD, SONS, and CO., LIMITED, which has been established for half a century in Sheffield, and has branches in London and South Street, Moor, Sheffield. The Business comprises the Manufacture of Rolls both Chilled and Grain, Ingot Moulds of all kinds, including Armour, Bessemer and Tyre Moulds, etc. ; Mill and Forge Castings. Steam Cooking Apparatus, Ship's Fire Hearths. Galley Ranges, Hot Water Apparatus for public buildings, Laundry Machinery, Stove Grates and Kitchen Ranges, and also the capital Leasehold Works. situate Harleston Street, Sheffield; the valuable Fixed Plant and Machinery, Working Plant, Loose Tools, Patterns, Moulds, Models, Drawings, Wood Blocks, Electros and Copper Plates, Finished and Unfinished Goods, Office Furniture, Fixtures and Fittings. The book debts may be included in the sale if desired. The Stock at the Company's South Street, Moor, Branch consists entirely of Finished Goods, etc. A Tracing showing the Ground Plot of the Leasehold Works may be seen, and permission to view the Works and Branches, and to inspect the contents, may be obtained from Messrs. Franklin, Greening, and Co., Chartered Accountants, Norfolk Row, Sheffield.' [7]

1910 The company was voluntarily wound up[8]

Then became Moorwoods Ltd

By 1923 was a subsidiary of Brightside Foundry and Engineering Co

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Sources of Information

  1. he Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, March 17, 1888
  2. Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 8th May 1890
  3. Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 21st November 1896
  4. Sheffield Independent, 7th May 1900
  5. Sheffield Evening Telegraph, 7th October 1901
  6. Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 9th November 1903
  7. Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 23rd June 1910
  8. The London Gazette 19 August 1910