Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,415 pages of information and 233,868 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
Ralph Heaton, Junior (1794-1862) of the Ralph Heaton and Sons
1794 Born son of Ralph Heaton
1808-1812 Ralph Heaton Junior became apprenticed to Thomas Willetts as a die maker.
1817 On 2 December, Ralph Heaton, an engineer, inventor and businessman, conveyed to his son Ralph Heaton, Junior, land and buildings at 71 Bath Street, to enable him to develop a separate company. Ralph, Junior, engaged in brass founding, stamping and piercing. Brass chandeliers were made for the newly invented gas lighting and a "bats wing" burner patented. The business became Ralph Heaton and Sons.
1819 Married Mary Grew in Birmingham
1827 Birth of son Ralph Heaton III (1827-1891)
1833 A stamper and piercer, at 71 Bath Street, Birmingham
c.1833 Birth of son George Heaton
1841 Ralph Heaton 45, brass founder, die sinker, and stamper, lived in Birmingham with Mary Ann Heaton 41, Eliza Heaton 15, Ralph Heaton 14, Harry Heaton 12, Kate Heaton 4, Martha Jane Heaton 2
1850 on 29 April, Ralph Heaton, Junior bought four steam-powered screw presses and six planchet presses for making blanks from strip metal. These were installed at the Bath Street works, and in that year trade tokens were struck for use in Australia. The start of Birmingham Mint
1851 Ralph Heaton 56, brass founder and ... coiner, employed 58 pairs of hands, town councillor and guardian of the poor, lived in Birmingham with Mary A Heaton 51, Eliza Heaton 25, Harry Heaton 21, George Heaton 18, Kate Heaton 14, and nieces Mary Kynaston 7, Emma Kynaston 5
1858 of 3 Highgate
1859 R. and G. Heaton patented Coining Machinery
1861 Ralph Heaton 66, retired brass founder, lived in Deritend
1862 October. Died