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Robert Mills (of Heywood)

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of Heywood, Lancs.

1837 Robert Mills of Heywood. Machine-shop catches fire.[1]

1841 '...Fiat in Bankruptcy, bearing date the 7th day of March 1842, awarded and issued forth against Robert Mills, of Heywood, in the county of Lancaster, Ironfounder, Joiner, Builder, Dealer and Chapman...'[2]

1842 Sale Notice: 'Bankrupt's Effects and Free from Auction Duty.
Important to Iron Founders, Millwrights, Tool Makers, Builders, and Others.
Extensive Sale of Foundry Tools, Moulding Boxes, Planing Machines, Slide and other Lathes, Millwork, Smiths' Tools, Ironmongery, Wood and Iron Patterns, Weighing Machine, Timber, Horses, Carts, New Cabinet Furniture, &c. &c.
MR. J. N. HANSON is instructed to SELL BY PUBLIC AUCTION, by order of the Assignees of R. Mills, Bankrupt, iron founder, &c. on the premises near the Queen Anne, Haywood, in the county of Lancaster, on Wednesday.... the Whole of tbe Valuable STOCK IN TRADE, IMPLEMENTS, UTENSILS, one planing machine, bed 18 feet long, 5 feet 3 inches wide, will take in 4 feet 6 inches high, self-acting, in the angular, vertical, and horizontal cuts, by William Collier and Co., Salford; one do. bed 6 feet 3 inches long, 2 feet wide, and 2 feet high, self-acting in all the cuts, made to work by hand or power; one do. bed 4 feet 3 inches long, 2 feet wide, and 2 feet high, self-acting in all the cuts, made to work by hand or power, by N. Batho, Salford; 3 do. new, by R. Mills; 2 do. bed feet 3 inches long, 2 feet wide, and feet high, part finished, by R. Mills; one 11 1/2 inch double-geared slide lathe, bed 27 feet long, with rack and 2 screws, change wheels, &c., by Mills; one 11 1/2 inch do. bed 13 feet 6 inches long, with rack and boring carriage; one 11 1/2 inch do. bed 12feet long, with rack, screw, change wheels, &c, N. Batho, Salford; [various other machines by R. Mills] .... two cupolas, one fan foundry crane, moulding boxes, core barrels, stove, moulding benches, iron and wood patterns, large quantity of wood-spur bevil, and mitre wheel patterns; all sorts of drum patterns turned inside and out, 3 smiths' hearths, anvils and tools, bar, rod, and hoop iron; ovens, boilers, grates, sash weights ....'[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 11 November 1837
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:29 July 1842 Issue:20124 Page:2100
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 23 April 1842