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Wood, Penny, and Co

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Also, Wood, Penny and Brother, of Medlock Bridge Mill, Manchester

1850 'Charge against an Engineer. On Tuesday last, an engineer in the service of Messrs. Wood, Penny, and Brother, of Albion-street, Gaythorn, was charged, at the Borough Court, with attempting to damage the engine. From the statements of the manager and one of the firm, it appeared that Brewerton had been intoxicated last week, and he was told that a fine would be inflicted upon him on Saturday last. He had declared, however, that he would pay no fine, and it was supposed that he contemplated being discharged if he refused compliance. The fine was not enforced, nor was he discharged. On Monday forenoon, the engine was out of order; there was scarcely any water in the boiler, and there was twenty-five per cent higher pressure of steam than usual and the safety-valve was weighted down. There was some cotton waste in a pipe which conducted the water from the cistern, and the injection pump was choked up In his defence, the prisoner stated that he had done his best for the firm since he entered their service, and he denied having contemplated any injury to them. To this it was replied that the cistern was covered, and entirely under the care of Brewerton.— He was committed to prison for six days.'[1]

1852 'Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between the undersigned, Ralph Wood, Robert Penny, and Henry Penny, as Manufacturers, at Medlock Mills, in Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, under the firm of Wood, Penny, and Brother, expired by effluxion of time on the 30th day of January last. All debts due and owing to and by the said partnership will be received and paid by the said Ralph Wood and Robert Penny, by whom the business will in future be carried on. — Dated this 7th day of June 1852. [2]


Adshead's 1851 map shows the firm as occupiers of the northern part of Medlock Bridge Mill. The southern part was used by Hope and Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, Saturday 4th October 1851
  2. London Gazette p.1664