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Steel, Peech and Hampton

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1872 The Phoenix Works in Sheffield was taken over by Thomas Hampton and Mr. Radcliffe, changing its product base, and its name to the Phoenix Bessemer Steel Works, making steel through the use of the Bessemer process.

1875 The company failed and the assets were purchased by Henry Steel, Senior with William Peech and Mr. Hampton. The price paid for the establishment, tools, and plant, was something under £50,000, and a limited company was formed with a capital of £70,000. The new company became known as Steel, Peech and Hampton, taking its name from those of the directors.

Mr. Hampton left and was replaced by Edward Tozer, the company changing its name to Steel, Peech and Tozer.

1881 Listed as Steel, Tozer and Hampton of Phoenix Bessemer Steel Works, Ickles, Rotherham and Steel Street, Sheffield. Boiler Plate Manufacturers. [1]


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  1. 1881 Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire