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William Horsfall

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of Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester

See William Horsfall (1807-1871)

Maker of cards (for carding fibres for textile manufacture)

1851 Adshead's 1851 Maps of Manchester shows two small factories: one is marked 'Willm. Horsfall's Patent Card Manufactory, located next door but one to the Peveril of the Peak. The premises were small, the ground area being approx 80 ft by 80 ft; the other is identified simply as 'Wm. Horsfall & Co's', and is on the opposite side of Great Bridgewater Street, immediately west of the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal where it joins the Rochdale Canal. Ground area approx 50 ft by 100 ft.

1854 Despite the apparent insignificance of the factory, especially when compared to the great Atlas Works of Sharp, Roberts and Co which dominated the street immediately to the east, it was selected for a Royal visit: 'Visit of the King of Portugal. .... They afterwards proceeded to the patent card making establishment of Mr. William Horsfall, Great Bridgewater-street. Being the dinner hour, the machines were standing; but the working of the machinery was shown by Mr. Horsfall himself; and in the working of these machines, the hands both of the King of Portugal and of the Duke of Oporto were applied to the work; they may be said literally to have put their shoulders to the wheel; and they were evidently much interested in seeing the perfection of the operations of this ingenious machine, which seemed to move with a sort of intelligence. in the adaptation of its various motions to the work to be done.'[1]

See Horsfall and Bickham

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Times, 1st July 1854