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W. and C. Mather

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Textile printing machine at Quarry Bank Mill
Textile printing machine at Quarry Bank Mill

Mather's Improved Elastic Metallic Piston and Patent Boring Machinery

of Salford Iron Works, Manchester.

c.1824 William Mather Senior and his father, Colin Mather, who had come to Manchester from Montrose, established a small machine works and iron foundry in Salford.

1834 Webster, Birch and Mather of Brown St, Salford, was closed; Colin Mather intended to carry on the business in the same manner.

1837 William Mather, Colin Mather and John Tenney Newstead, ironfounders, engineers and machine makers, of Manchester and Salford, were bankrupt[1]

1845 The business of W and C Mather prospered and the Mathers leased part of the Salford Iron Works.

1846 A fatal accident occurred at the premises at Spring Lane, Salford[2]

1851 The partnership between William Mather and Colin Mather was dissolved; Colin Mather would settle all debts[3]

1852 Colin Mather entered a partnership with William Wilkinson Platt, the son of John Platt (who had died in 1847), to form Mather and Platt.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Morning Post, December 27, 1837
  2. The Blackburn Standard, December 09, 1846
  3. London Gazette 16 December 1851