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Dukinfield Furnace

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of Dukinfield, Cheshire

Established by Richard Crowder of Dukinfield Lodge.

1783 Advertisement: 'Iron Furnace and Foundery. THE PUBLIC is hereby informed, That the Proprietor of DUKINFIELD FURNACE, within seven miles of Manchester, after having expended several Thousand Pounds, hath brought the IRON WORKS there to great Perfection. The Original Intention of fitting up Iron Works at Dukinfield, was only with a View of consuming the COALS within Dukinfield, Coals could not be fold in that Neighbourhood, and of selling Pig Iron. But as there is not a sufficient Sale of PIG IRON, the Proprietor informs the Public, That large CASTINGS of all Sorts will in future be made from the iron, which has been tried and found to be as good as any in Great-Britain, at the following Prices, viz. All Sorts of large Castings, bringing their own Moulds, Ten Shillings per Cwt. Pipes-from Four Inches to Fourteen, completely finished, without any further Expence, at Twelve Shillings, per Cwt. Bored Pipes in Proportion. Large Furnace Bars, Bearers, Fire Doors, and Frames, at Nine Shillings per Cwt. And all Sorts large Iron Work done in the same Proportion. The whole for ready Money only. One, Two, or Three Hundred Tons of good Grey Pig Iron, to be disposed of at 5l. 10s. per Ton, laid down at Manchester, or 5l. 6s. at Dukinfield Furnace, Ready Money. A compleat Moulder of large Castings will meet with the greatest Encouragement at the aforesaid Furnace, applying to Mr. Richard Crowder, at Dukinfield Furnace. No small Work of any Kind will taken at present, but any ingenious Man of a good Character, that can be well recommended, and is conversant with small Castings and small Work of all Sorts, by applying as above, may take upon himself that Branch of the Trade, without the Help of a Capital.'[1]

1792 'To be SOLD, At Dukinfield Blast Furnace, THREE CYLINDERS, six Feet high, by four Feet three Inches Diameter, with the Wind Chest, Pipes, Cranks and Levers, and all other Materials thereto belonging; they are all in excellent Order, and new at Work. Any Person desiring to purchase the same, may apply Mr. Richard Crowder, of Dukinfield aforesaid, who will treat with them or the same.'[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Mercury, 29th April 1783
  2. Manchester Mercury - Tuesday 21 February 1792