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Newall and Barker

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of Warrington

Peter Newall and James Barker

1872 New Patent: Peter Newall and James Barker of Warrington, for an improved steam traversing leather roller for butts, &c.[1]

1881 New Patent: P. Newall and J. Barker of Warrington, for improvements in machinery or apparatus for dressing and finishing leather - 2778.[2]

1881 New Patent: P. Newall and J. Barker of Warrington, for improvements in machinery or apparatus for brushing, cleaning, and polishing leather - 3029.[3]

1881 Exhibited several types of leather-working machines at the Leather Exhibition in the Agricultural Hall[4]

1886 'The Warrington Observer of Saturday last had the following:-
Breakdown.— On Thursday evening as we were printing our Leigh, Tyldesley, Newton, and Atherton issues, some foreign substance—probably a spanner—getting into the engine smashed a thick wrought iron crank in two. As the papers should be in Leigh by five o'clock in the morning we at once took paper and formes by road to Leigh, sent word on by train to the proprietors of the Leigh Chronicle, and on arriving there at two the morning found they had kindly got everything in readiness, so that we were enabled to appear at the usual time. The broken crank was taken late the same night to one of the firm of Newall and Barker, engineers, who got some men together and had a new crank made and the damage repaired by three o’clock in the morning, so that we were well served on both sides, and must especially thank the proprietors of the Leigh Chronicle for the kind efforts they made to enable us to publish at the usual time.'[5]

1887 Patent sealed, 11 May: James Barker, of Warrington, for improvements in apparatus for moulding pipes, columns, and cylinders.[6]

1899 'Destructive Fire in Warrington.— About eight o'clock last night a fire, which proved be of a serious character, was discovered on the premises of Messrs. Newall and Barker, ironfounders, off Haydock-street, Warrington. Shortly after the arrival of the fire brigade the roof of the fitting shop fell in with a crash, and the blaze which shot in the air could be seen for some distance around. The brigade succeeded confining the fire to this building, which is now a total wreck. The damage is estimated at several thousands of pounds, and is covered by insurance.'[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. Preston Chronicle - Saturday 16 November 1872
  2. Lincolnshire Chronicle, 5 July 1881
  3. Stamford Mercury, 12 August 1881
  4. Norwich Mercury - Wednesday 12 October 1881
  5. Leigh Chronicle and Weekly District Advertiser - Friday 5 November 1886
  6. Preston Herald - Wednesday 14 December 1887
  7. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 18 July 1899