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Paulton Foundry

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of Paulton, Somerset

1815 Advert: 'To IRON-FOUNDERS, IRON-MONGERS, &c.
TO be LET, or SOLD, and entered upon 1st September next, all that commodious and extensive IRON FOUNDRY, Situate at PAULTON, in the County of Somerset, upon which considerable Sums of Money have lately been expended in compleating the same ; with useful and convenient Buildings, and Machinery, suitable for carrying on a large and extensive Trade. The Buildings comprise a loam and dry sand shop 60 feet long by 40 feet wide, with two very powerful cranes, and two air furnaces capable of melting six or seven tons, or more if required ; and two large stoves for drying the moulds, furnished with suitable carriages, &c. &. And also a green sand shop, 40 feet square, with a small convenient crane; and two cupilos, both blown by one of Streat's patent blowing engines, and worked by a steam engine of two-horse power. And also a Boring Mill, driven by a water wheel, 14 feet diameter and 4 feet wide, capable of boring and turning castings of any dimensions ; to which is attached a large cast-iron lathe for turning any sort of castings, and a mill for grinding charcoal, blacking, and coal-dust ; and over the mill is the pattern shop, and store-room for patterns, and the office. There is also a warehouse aud dressing-shop.
The Utensils are enumerated in dry and green sand flask in great abundance; rings for loam work ; several sets of rings for casting cylinders, shafts, &c. ; and in short, every sort of material that is useful for facilitating the completion of orders to any extent.
There is also annexed a large shed for depositing patterns in ; and a stable sufficient for six horses and a nag.
Paulton is centrally, situated in the midst of the Somersetshire Collieries, and also the towns of Bristol, Bath, Frome, Warminster, Wells, Shepton-Mallett, and Bruton, from all which it is about 12 miles distant.
The Proprietors return their sincere thanks to their friends for the support they have experienced ; and at the same time beg to assure them, that any person wishing to engage in the Casting Trade will find no manufactory in England so well adapted for the purpose of carrying on such a trade to their utmost satisfaction, being replete with every convenience to be wished for; and having a direct water communication with the Metropolis, whereby goods can be forwarded to any place on the borders of the Canal at a very trifling expence. N. B. The Stock and Materials to be taken at a fair valuation.' [1]

1818 Advert: 'TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, On the Premises, on TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, the 29th and 30th days of September inst. at PAULTON IRONFOUNDRY, in the parish of PAULTON, in the County of Somerset, ALL the MATERIALS of the said FOUNDRY ; - consisting of an Air Furnace, complete; Boring Machine, with Racks, Bars, Levers, Carriage, &c. capable of boring any size cylinder to six feet diameter; large quantity of Grate Metal; Boring Bars end Heads; Blacking Mill, with two pair of Stones ; Water Wheel, 14 feet diameter, 4 feet wide; large Steelyard, weight 7 tons ; a variety of Boilers, Cranes, Blocks ; sundry Weights, Chains, &c.; Shaft Crane; about 20 Tons of old Cast Iron; new and old Brass; Stove Carriage ; a great quantity of old Wrought Iron ; a variety of Cast-iron Flasks; Stoves, 4 feet square ; a great variety of Patterns, in lots; Iron Shank ; Core Tressels, &c,; all sorts Blacksmith’s Tools ; Deal and Elm Timber; also 1 Waggon, 3 Carts, 1 Timber Carriage ; and many other articles, too numerous to insert. Sale to begin at Ten o'clock each day. THOMAS JAMES, Auctioneer.'[2]

Note: This was presumably the same works as that later occupied by William Evans.

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Sources of Information

  1. Royal Cornwall Gazette - Saturday 12 August 1815
  2. Bristol Mirror - Saturday 19 September 1818