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W. Barrows and Sons

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William Barrows & Sons of Bloomfield Iron Works, Tipton, Tipton Green Iron Works, Factory Works, Tipton, Staffordshire (1873)

of Bloomfield Iron Works, Tipton, Staffordshire.[1]

History of businesses which used Bloomfield Ironworks:

1862 The partnership at Bloomfield Ironworks became W. Barrows and Sons who, since 1859, had been operating the Factory Works and Tipton Green Works.

1863 William Barrows (1801-1863) of Himley died in Stafford; his sons William, of Sedgley, Thomas Hill Barrows of Abercamlais, and Joseph of Himley, were all ironmasters[2]

1868 W. Barrows and Son were operating Bloomfield iron works, as well as Factory and Tipton Green according to "The Iron Trade in South Staffordshire and East Worcestershire" [3]. A total of 97 puddling furnaces and 10 rolling mills.

1871 A party from the Iron and Steel Institute visited Messrs William Barrows and Sons at Bloomfield Ironworks

1873 Barrows had three iron works - Bloomfield Iron Works, Tipton; Tipton Green Iron Works; Factory Works, Tipton. Collectively they had 100 puddling furnaces[4]

1881 Advert for William Barrows and Sons. B B H Trade Mark.

1887 'HAGLEY. DEATH OF MR. WILLIAM BARROWS.— It is with regret that we record the death of Mr. W. Barrows, late of this place, at Torquay, a few days ago. The deceased gentleman was 62 years of age, and leaves a family of two sons and two daughters. Mr. Barrows was the son of the late William Barrows, of Himley, and together with his father and Messrs. T. H. and Joseph Barrows formed the firm of Messrs. Barrows and Son., of Bloomfield Ironworks, whose special brands of iron have achieved a world-wide repatation. Mr. William Barrows was at one time colonel of the Wolverhampton Volunteers. He was also a magistrate for the countiee of Worcester and Stafford. He retired from the firm four years ago, and about the same time left the district for the South of England. He married a German lady of high connection, and during their stay in the district both Colonel and Mrs. Barrow were much respected by their neighbours.' [5]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Advert
  2. National probate calendar
  3. Birmingham Daily Post 29 February 1868
  4. Griffiths' Guide to the Iron Trade of Great Britain, by Samuel Griffiths, 1873
  5. County Advertiser & Herald for Staffordshire and Worcestershire, 16 April 1887
  • [1] Black Country History