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Round Foundry

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Photographed in 2010.
Photographed in 2010.

The Round Foundry of Holbeck, Leeds, was created in 1795 by a partnership of John Marshall, Matthew Murray, Fenton and Wood. Here Matthew Murray made his name with the production of textile machinery, steam engines and locomotives which he exported worldwide.

The Round Foundry developed to become one of the world's first specialist engineering foundries. Disaster struck the foundry in the 19th century when fire destroyed many of the original buildings, including the large rotunda that gave the foundry its name. Some buildings were saved, the earliest of which dates from 1798 and includes the Green Sand and the Dry Sand Foundries.

1795-1826 Fenton, Murray and Wood

1826-1843 Fenton, Murray and Jackson

1843-1896 Smith, Beacock and Tannett

1896-c1984 Greenwood and Batley

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Holbeck Urban Village