William Howden and Son
of Phoenix Foundry, Boston.
1803 William Howden commenced business at the Phoenix Foundry
Around 1826/7 he has installed small steam engines in vessels on the River Witham
1826 Listed as 'William Howden, Iron and Brass Founder'
1839 William Howden Senior of Grand Sluice Ironworks, Boston. 
1841 Exhibited his portable engine at the Lincolnshire Show
1841 Partnership dissolved. '... undersigned, William Howden the elder and William Howden the younger, as Engineers and Iron Founders, at Boston, in the county of Lincoln, is this day dissolved by mutual consent; and that all debts due from or to our late firm will be paid and received by the said William Howden the elder, by whom our said business will in future be carried on, upon his sole credit and account...'
1842 Listed as William Howden and Son
1851 Employing 21 men and 3 boys.
After 1860 very little is heard of them.
Sources of Information
- The Engineer 1861/07/19
- London Gazette Publication date:18 June 1841 Issue:19989 Page:1591
- 1851 Census
- Steam Engine Builders of Lincolnshire by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1955 by Goose and Son
- Ploughs, Chaff Cutters and Steam Engines. Edited by Ken Redmore – Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. Published 2007. ISBN 978 0 903582 308.