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Yates, Haywood and Co and The Rotherham Foundry Co

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Ironwork in London.
Ironwork in London (detail).

Ironfounders of Effingham Works, Rotherham

1823 James Yates, of Carr House and Oakwood House, took over what was left of the Walker's Foundry and went into partnership with Charles Samuel Roberts Sandford of Northfield House, at the Phoenix Works (for later history of these works see Steel, Peech and Tozer).

1832 William Owen was taken into partnership.

1833 They took over the Rotherham Foundry.

1838 The partnership was dissolved; Sandford and Owen took the Phoenix Works while Yates took the Rotherham Foundry which specialised in stove grate work. He also acquired the premises of the Masbrough Flax Works upon which site the Effingham Works was later erected.

1846 Yates remained working on his own until 1846 when George Haywood, of South Villa, and John Drabble, of Clifton Bank, were taken into partnership and the Company took the name Yates, Haywood and Co.

1851 Gained a prize for stove grates at the 1851 Great Exhibition[1]

1869 Drabble asked to retire. A new partnership was then formed between James Yates, George Haywood (born 1806 at Rawmarsh), Robert Bentley Shaw (Yates's son-in-law) and George Harris Haywood. One of George Haywood's daughters later married William Oxley, the steel manufacturer.

1874 Iron founders, stove, grate and fender manufacturers under the firm of Yates, Haywood, and Company, and the Rotherham Foundry Company, at the Effingham Works, of Rotherham Foundry, Masbrough, Rotherham. After the death of Robert Bentley Shaw-Yates, the partnership was continued by George Haywood and George Harris Haywood as Yates, Haywood and Co[2]

1879 The Company was incorporated under the title Yates, Haywood and Co and The Rotherham Foundry Co Limited.

1900 The company was registered on 17 September to take over the business of ironfounders and stove grate manufacturers of a private company of the same name. [3]

1908 In voluntary liquidation[4]

1910 Took over Skelton, Corbitt and Co Ltd.

1911 Company put up for sale. The works and working patterns were acquired by O'Brien, Thomas and Co of London, who continued to operate the businesses under their old names.

1922 "NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore carried on by us, the undersigned, Henry O'Brien and Henry William O'Brien, as Iron Founders, Iron Merchants and Dealers, at 17, Upper Thames-street, in the city of London, and the Effingham Works, Rotherham, in the county of York, under the style or firm of "O'BRIEN, THOMAS & CO.," "YATES, HAYWOOD & CO." and "SKELTON, CORBITT & CO.," has been dissolved by mutual consent as from the 31st day of December, 1921, and such business will continue to be carried on as from the 1st day of January, 1922, by the said Henry O'Brien and Henry William O'Brien, in co-partnership with Terence O'Brien, Edwin Henry Howard and Arthur Percy Harrop, at 17, Upper Thames-street, and the Effingham Works, Rotherham aforesaid, under the same style as heretofore. Dated this tenth day of July, 1922"[5]

1927 Was one of the main companies making stove-grates[6]

1951 Listed as Yates, Haywood and Co.

1952 the link with O'Brien, Thomas and Co was severed and a new limited company, Yates, Haywood and Co. Ltd, was formed.

1967 The company was taken over by William Heaton, Holdings Ltd.

1970 The company closed down.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • History of Yates and Haywood: [1]
  1. London Gazette 17 October 1851
  2. London Gazette 22 Sept 1874
  3. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  4. The London Gazette 13 November 1908
  5. London Gazette 17 Oct 1922
  6. Aberconway Chapter IV