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Thomas Richardson

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Thomas Richardson (1795-1850), owner of a Hartlepool shipbuilding firm

The Richardson family owned an iron foundry at the village of Castle Eden, near Hartlepool. They made items which were used in shipbuilding, such as bolts, hinges and anchors.

1795 Thomas Richardson was born

1821 Birth of his son Thomas

1836 Thomas Richardson had formed a partnership with Joseph Parkin as Parkin and Richardson to build wooden sailing ships.

When this broke up in 1839, Richardson went back to the family foundry.

1844 Richardson returned to shipbuilding; he built two vessels in Hartlepool over the next two years. His main interest from now on, however, was in building engines. It was this side of the business, T. Richardson and Sons, which was developing when his sons took over the firm upon Thomas senior's death in 1850.

1850 On the death of Thomas, his sons, Thomas and John, inherited the shipbuilding and engine businesses

1855 the name of the shipbuilding firm was changed to Richardson Brothers.


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Sources of Information

  • [1] Hartlepool Council Web Site
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978/9. ISBN 0-903485-65-6