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Nias and Watson

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Iron Founders.

1832 Advert: 'ELIGIBLE INVESTMENT FOR CAPITAL.
TO BE DISPOSED OF, THE TRADE, STOCK, &c. of a long-established IRON-FOUNDERY and CHAIN-CABLE MANUFACTORY, together with the Lease of most convenient Premises, at a low rent, situated in the populous sea port town of Bridgwater.
As coa! and iron can obtained on the lowest terms, the situation and Premises offer the greatest advantages for carrying on an extensive and profitable business.
Apply to NIAS and WATSON, Bridgwater, if by letter, to be post paid.'[1]

1833 Advert: 'IMPORTANT to IRONFOUNDERS, or OTHERS requiring extensive PREMISES.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
On the Premises, on the 15th day of August next, between the hours of 4 and 6 in the afternoon, (unless disposed of by Private Contract, of which due notice will be given,)
All that Spacious and well-arranged MANUFACTORY, known by the name of the Bridgwater Iron and Brass Foundry, situated in the flourishing Town of Bridgwater, Somersetshire, and very near the Quay; comprising a Casting Shop, 67 by 32 feet in the clear, in which is a Pump and a constant supply of Water, and adjoining is an Air Furnace, Drying Stove, Pot Furnace, Blast Furnace, and Coke House; Sand and other Sheds, very Spacious Smiths’ Shop, with one double and two single Forges, large Warehouse, Carpenters’ Soup, and Pattern Rooms, Coach House, Stable and Yard, Counting House and Ware-room, with Rooms over. Also, DWELLING HOUSE, and very good Kitchen Garden. In the Yard is a Pump well supplied with Water The whole of the above Premises are in the occupation of Messrs. Nias and Watson, ironfounders, whose Term expires at Christmas next.'[2]. Note: The sale included a number of other properties, one of which was in Eastover, near the foundry. Evidently Nias & Watson continued to occupy the Bridgwater Iron Foundry after dissolution of the partnership of Browne, Watson, Murch and Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. Sherborne Mercury, 11 June 1832
  2. Dorset County Chronicle, 25 July 1833