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Phoebe Fletcher

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of the Old Iron Foundry, Manchester

William Green's map of 1787 - 1797 shows 'Mrs. Fletcher's Iron Foundry' with a small group of other buildings in a rural area, between the River Irk and the road known as Red Bank. This puts the foundry on the north bank of the Irk, just upstream of Scotland Bridge. The site is now a car park.

1788 Listed as Phebe Fletcher and Co., iron forgers and founders, Red bank [1]. Note that although Fletcher's works was alongside a river, there is no evidence from contemporary maps that it was water-powered, unlike the iron forge of James Bateman. It therefore seems unlikely that Fletcher's forging activities were on the scale of Bateman's.

1799 'Notice is hereby given, THAT the Copartnership Trade, lately carried on at the Old Foundery, Manchester, by Phoebe Fletcher and Jacob Silcock, (under the Firm of Phoebe Fletcher and Co) is legally Dissolved upon the 22d. Day October last, he the said Jacob Silcock having made an Assessment of all his Estate and Effects for the Creditors, as appears by a public Advertisement in Wheeler's Paper .......'[2]

1800 Phoebe Fletcher and Son, Old Iron Foundery, 2 Foundery Street, Red-bank.[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. Lewis's Manchester and Salford Directory 1788
  2. Manchester Mercury, 3rd December 1799
  3. Bancks's Manchester and Salford Directory 1800, reprinted in 1982 and 1997 by Neil Richardson, ISBN 0 9506257 8 7