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Wordsley Iron Foundry

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1859 Advert: 'WORDSLEY IRON FOUNDRY, STAFFORDSHIRE.
TO IRONFOUNDERS AND PARTIES WISHING TO ENTER INTO THE CASTING TRADE.
MESSRS. OATES and PERRENS have received instructions from the Trustees of the Estate of Mr. Robert Jobson to offer for SALE by AUCTION, on Friday, the 20th day of May, 1859, at the TALBOT HOTEL, STOURBBIDGE, six o'clock in the afternoon, in the following or such other lots as shall be agreed upon by the Vendors, and subject to conditions produced at the time of sale.
All those extremely valuable FREEHOLD WORKS and PREMISES, situate at Wordsley, in the parish of Kingswinford, and county of Stafford, adjoining the Stourbridge Canal Navigation, called “THE WORDSLEY IRON FOUNDRY” recently erected, and consisting of a huge Casting House, 68 feet by 54 feet, fitted with Henderson's Patent Iron Crane, to carry 10 tons ; small Iron Crane and large Wood Crane, large Railway Chair, Casting Shed, 90 feet by 17 feet; three large and one small Cupolas, three Stoves and Heating Furnace, 15-horse high-pressure Steam Engine, with Cornish Boiler, Engine House, and Stack ; three Drilling Machines, Blowing Fan. Blacksmith's Shop, 20 feet by 20 feet: Pattern Shop, 30 feet by 20 feet ; Store Rooms, Offices, Clerks' and Porters' Offices, Sheds, &c., spacious Yards, fenced by substantial brick walls, 10 feet high ; fronting two sides to roads leading from Wordsley towards Moor Lane, and with large Canal frontage and Basin leading into Works, with capital Crane on Wharf to carry 7 tons.
And also all that spacious YARD, with CRATE SHOP and COLOUR SHOP erected thereon, fronting to the Stourbridge and Wolverhampton Turnpike Road and the said Canal, and which is held under Lease by Messrs. Richardson, at a yearly rental of £10, for a term of fourteen years from the 27th October, 1856.
The whole of the above-described premises comprise with the site of the present erections an area of 7,460 square yards, and the first described premises are admirably adapted for carrying on the foundry trade, being close to the South Staffordshire coal mines and iron works.
For further information apply to Messrs. Corser and Whatley, Solicitors, Stourbridge; H. M. Wainwright, Esq., Solicitor, Dudley ; or the Auctioneers, Stourbridge, where particulars with plans may be had.'[1]

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  1. Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser - Wednesday 20 April 1859