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Thomas Marsden

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1857. Peter Fairbairn and Marsden's machinery for hecking flax.

of Bury Street, Salford.

Iron Founders and textile machinery makers

1836 Advertisement for sale:
'To Woollen, Flax, and Cotton Machine Makers; and Others.—Extensive Sale of Excellent and Valuable Wood and Iron Patterns, for Mules, Drawing, Roving, and Spinning Flax and Cotton Machines, Tools, Implements, and Utensils. By Mr. DREW, (by order of the assignees of Thomas Marsden, a bankrupt,) Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 8th, 9th, and 10th of June, 1836, at the Machine Shop, lately occupied by the said bankrupt, situate In Bury-street, Salford, Manchester: A QUANTITY of Valuable MACHINES, TOOLS, IMPLEMENTS and UTENSILS, for making flax and cotton machinery, consisting of forty turning lathes, various sizes; four 6 inch hand slide lathes, for turning top rollers; geared self-acting slide lathe 13½ feet long, with one hand plane attached: very excellent geared slide lathe, 14 feet long, with fluting and planing parts attached, and change wheels for cutting screws: double planing machine, 19 feet long, one stand plane by hand and one by power, with self-shifting tools, new self-acting planing machine, 26 feet long, with double shifting tools for planing two articles once; three very superior upright drills: very superior engine for cutting wheels (not finished); two fluting engines, two screwing machines, grinding and glazing apparatus, smiths' bellows and anvils, smiths' and turners' tools, large quantity of vices, about 400 dozen new and secondhand files, about one ton of best tilted cast steel for tools, about 70 tons of new and old wrought and cast iron, baywood, deal, and hardwood planks, with every other article suitable for conducting the machine business upon the most respectable scale. Sale to commence each day at ten o'clock. Catalogues are ready for delivery, and may be had on application to Mr. Thomas Joy, machine tool maker, Lloyd-street; Mr. James Garry, iron founder, Ancoats-lane; and Mr. William Kirkham, brass founder, Ancoats-lane, assignees to the estate; to Mr. WILLIAM DUNNETT, accountant, 58, King-street; or to the Auctioneer, 28, Pall-mall, and 13, Great Ancoats-street, Manchester.'[1]

The references to plane and planing items on 'geared self-acting slide lathe 13½ feet long, with one hand plane attached: very excellent geared slide lathe, 14 feet long, with fluting and planing parts attached, and change wheels for cutting screws' are most intriguing.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 4th June 1836