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W. and N. Whitworth

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William Whitworth and Nicholas Whitworth of the Eagle Foundry, Hunt Street, Manchester

1810 Advertisement: 'NOTICE is hereby given, that the partnership, trade, or business, heretofore subsisting and carried on by us the undersigned, at Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, dealers in cotton spinning machinery, and in any other concern, is this day dissolved by mutual consent.—All debts owing to and by the said parties, will be received and paid by the undersigned William and Nicholas Whitworth.—Witness our hands this 9th day of April, 1810.
William Whitworth,
Nicholas Whitworth,
Thomas Gough
William Clowes,
Lionel Lloyd.' [1]

1812 Advertisement: 'The partnership subsisting between John Barker, and Samuel Barker of Manchester, William Whitworth, Manchester aforesaid, and Nicholas Whitworth, of Clegg's Wood, in the county of Lancaster, in the business iron-makers, carried on principally at Tunshill, in the said county of Lancaster, was this day dissolved by mutual consent. All debts due to or owing by the late partnership will be received or paid by the said William Whitworth and Nicholas Whitworth, by whom the business will be in future carried on. Dated the 18th day of November, 1812.'[2]

1814 Advertisement: 'Peremptorily to be SOLD by AUCTION, (Under and by Virtue of an Execution, issued out of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer, against Nicholas Whitworth, and William Whitworth, Iron-Founders, Manchester),
ALL that BUILDING, known by the Name of the Eagle Foundry, situate in Hunt-Street, Manchester ; also all and every the Steam Engine, Blowing Apparatus, and every Material connected therewith ; Boring Mill and Turning Apparatus ; Three Cranes, with the Blocks and Ropes attached thereto ; Two Air Furnaces ; Four Cupolas, with the Iron Work attached ; a Quantity of 561b. Weights ; Nine Metal Ladles ; Eighteen Coal Tubs ; Two Weigh Beams and Scales; Seventy Moulders' Weights ; Two Stove Carriages Six Barrows ; Two Pair of large Bellows; Three Chains; Blacking Machine.; all the Sheet Iron ; Anvils, Vices and Smiths' Tools; Old Metal; Beat Iron; Core Barrels; Moulders' Boxes; Iron and Wood Patterns ; Timber; Ovens; Dampers; Sash Weights; Twelve large square Pieces of Iron ; large Air Cylinder, &c. &c. with a Variety of other Articles.
The Building called the Eagle Foundry, with the Steam Engine, Blowing Apparatus, Boring Mill and Turning Apparatus, Three Cranes, with the Ropes and Blocks; Two Air Furnaces; Four Cupolas, with the Iron and Brick Work attached, will be sold in One Lot, at the Sign of the Peacock, Clowes-Street, near the Rochdale Canal Wharf, on Thursday the 23d of June, 1814 at Four o'clock in the Afternoon, subject to such Conditions as will be then and there produced. The Situation of these Premises (together with the Advantage of the Canal within Five Yards of the Back Part, the Front adjoining Hunt-Street,) offers a great Acquisition to any Person who is desirous of entering into the Iron Founding Business as they may proceed to Work in a very short Time.
N. B. The Sale of the Machinery contained in the above Foundry, will take place on the Premises on the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Days of June, 1814, and continue till all is sold. Sale will commence at Ten o'clock in the Morning each Day.'[3]

1815 Advert: 'Capital Iron Foundry in Manchester.
TO BE LET OR SOLD,
All that complete extensive IRON FOUNDRY, situate near Oxford-road, Manchester, on the banks of the Rochdale canal, and late in the occupation of W. and N. Whitworth.
The Foundry is spacious and completely fitted up with a new ten horse patent engine with blowing cylinder, most capital new boring mill and powerful lathes on the best plans, three powerful and complete cranes, two air furnaces, four cupolas, and every other convenience requisite for carrying on an extensive business.
Immediate possession may he had; and for particulars apply to Mrs. Barratt, Fish Pond-street, near the Union Corn Mill; or to Mr. Richard Potter, Strangeways Brewery.'[4]

Note: It is probable that E. T. Bellhouse and Co subsequently occupied the premises.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Mercury, 24th April 1810
  2. Manchester Mercury, 1st December 1812
  3. Leeds Intelligencer, 20th June 1814
  4. Manchester Mercury, 2 May 1815