Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,535 pages of information and 233,960 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
William Hornblower (1781-1825) of Brierley Hill Ironworks
c1781 Born the son of Thomas Hornblower, a Draper.
1806 December 20th. Married at Old Swinford to Sophia lewis
1816 Partnership change. '...the Partnership lately subsisting and carried on by Serjeant Hornblower, William Hornblower, and Abel Josiah Smith, at Brierly-Hill, in the Parish of Kingswinford, in the County of Stafford, as Iron and Steel Manufacturers, was dissolved by mutual consent on the 24th day of June last, from which time the said trades have been and will in future be carried on by the said Serjeant and William Hornblower...'
1819 Birth of son Joseph Wells Hornblower
1822 Extensive sale of the works.
1823 Birth of son Lewis Hornblower
1832 of Brierly Hill Ironworks. Dividend paid. 
1834 Bankrupt. '...Commission of Bankrupt, bearing date the 15th day of February 1822, awarded and issued forth against William Hornblower, of Brierley-Hill, Iron-Works, in the Parish of Kingswinford, in the County-of Stafford, Iron-Master, Dealer and Chapman...'
The ironworks became Edward Hill and Co