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Thomas Kerslake

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of 193 High Street, Exeter and Bonhay Road, Exeter. [1]

See Thomas Kerslake (1809-1881)

1846 Advertisement: 'To IRON MERCHANTS, SMITHS, &c. TO be DISPOSED OF immediately, by Private Contract, from Fifty to Sixty Tons of E V BAR IRON, assorted sizes. Apply to Thomas Kerslake, 102, Fore Street, or at the Foundry, Smythen Street. In quantities of not less than 10 Cwt., at 9s 10d per Cwt. for Cash.'[2]

1847 Advertisement: 'Patronized by the Nobility & Gentry of Devon for the last 30 years.
102, FORE STREET, EXETER.
T. KERSLAKE, WHOLESALE, AND RETAIL WIRE WORKER AND WEAVER, TIN PLATE AND ZINC WORKER. IRON AND BRASS FOUNDER, FURNISHING IRONMONGER,
BEGS to call the attention of the Public to his cheap, improved, invisible WIRE FENCES, for protection against Deer, Sheep, Oxen, Hares, and Rabbits, —Gates and Hurdles made to any pattern for Parks, Lawns, Carriage Drives, &c, &c, &c.
Also, a great variety of new patterns of ornamental Wire Work, for Conservatories, Pheasantries, Flower Beds and Stands, Trainers, Gauze Wire Window Blinds.
Manufacturer of WOVE WIRE, for Patent Paper making machines ; Flour Dressing and Smut machines; Wire Meat Safes, and Dish Covers.
T. K. returns his thanks for the patronage he has received since he has succeeded to the IRON and BRASS FOUNDRY of M. Helmore and Co., and begs respectfully to solicit a continuance of the same.
A great Variety of REGISTER GRATE PATTERNS, which for Neatness of Design, are not to be surpassed in the West of England.
Manufacturer of Coldridge's Patent Economic Cooking Apparatus, Ploughs and Chaff Cutters, Rain Water and Proof Pipes, Shuting of all sizes, and Castings of any description that he may be favoured with, will be executed at the shortest notice.
Smith's Work and Bell Hanging in all its Branches.
Experienced Workmen sent any part of the Kingdom.'[3]

1862 Advertises. 'Thos. Kerslake, West of England Engineering Works, Bonhay, or at 193 High Street, Exeter.'[4]

1863 Erected the roof and other ironwork for Exeter St David's station[5]

1865 'On Wednesday evening a large wrought iron bridge girder, for the South Devon Railway, was conveyed from Mr. Kerslake's foundry to the St. David's station. The girder measures 81 feet in length, 7 feet in depth and weighs nearly 30 tons. It was carried in one piece on Mr. Wall's waggons.'[6]

1865 Advertisement: ' THOMAS KERSLAKE. WEST OF ENGLAND IRON FOUNDRY & IRONMONGERY ESTABLISHMENT, BONHAY. 193, HIGH STREET EXETER,
ENGINEER MILLWRIGHT, IRON AND BRASS FOUNDER, LATHE-TOOL AND BOILER MAKER, WIRE WORKER AND WEAVER,
Begs to call the attention of Mill Owners, Machine Makers, and Persons requiring Steam Machinery Repairs, or Alterations, that he has engaged from Manchester a Foreman of great Practical Experience and possessing Extensive Knowledge of the Manufacture and Construction of all kinds of Modern Steam Machinery, Mill Gearing, Mechanical Tools, &c.
A first-class 25-HORSE BEAM CONDENSING ENGINE—second hand—by Bolton and Watts, with or without 10-TON CORNISH BOILER; also portable and stationery new and second-hand high-pressure ENGINES and BOILERS.
Drawings, Plans, and Estimates given for the Erection or Repairs of Steam Machinery, Mill Gearing &c
T.K.s Stock of FURNISHING IRONMONGERY GOODS offers advantages to Parties Furnishing; it consists of the Newest Designs in Stoves, Fenders, Fire Irons, Tea Trays, Electro-Plated Goods, Table Cutlery, Tea Urns &c.
Agricultural Implement Makers can be supplied with any description of Castings upon shortest notice.
CASTINGS FOR MINES, RAILWAYS, BUILDERS, IMPROVED WIRE FENCING, GATES, HURDLES, AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS. BORING, PLANING, AND SCREW CUTTING FOR THE TRADE.
Experienced Workmen sent to any part of the Kingdom.'[7]

1874 Mentioned as ironfounder.[8]

1880 Business failed. Meeting of creditors. 'the failure of the debtor had arisen from pure misfortune. Mr. Kerslake had worked like a dog, and struggled hard against badness of trade'[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. History, Gazetteer and Directory of Devon, 1878-1879
  2. Western Times, 2 May 1846
  3. Western Times, 22 May 1847
  4. Western Times - Saturday 22 February 1862
  5. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 14 August 1863
  6. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 26 May 1865
  7. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 19 May 1865
  8. Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday 08 July 1874
  9. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 22 October 1880