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Evans and Crossley

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of Royton, Oldham

John Evans, Edward Evans and William Crossley.

1840 'ACCIDENTS ..... — On Wednesday, a workman, named John Wright, whilst employed in Messrs. Evans and Crossley's iron foundry, Royton, was dreadfully injured, some liquid metal having casually fallen on his legs, from the breaking down of a bar which held the vessel containing the metal; the poor man is in a precarious state.
FIRE.— On Sunday morning, fire broke out Messrs. Evans and Crossley's extensive iron foundry, Royton, by the ignition of some pieces of oily waste ; the flames effected some trifling damage, but were suppressed in the course of an hour a half subsequent to their first discovery.'[1]

1840 'Accident at Royton.— A young man, named John Stott, was shockingly injured on Monday last, by the accidental fall of a crane, in the iron foundry of Messrs. Evans and Crossley, Royton.'[2]

1840 Dissolution of the partnership between John Evans and Edward Evans, along with William Crossley, in the trade or business of Iron and Brass Founders, and Engine Manufacturers, at Royton, in the county of Lancaster, under th efirm of John Evans, Edward Evans, and William Crossley, so far as concerns the said William Crossley.[3]

1841 Partnership dissolved: J. and E. Evans and W. Crossley, Royton, Lancashire, ironfounders ; as far as regards W. Crossley.[4]

1842 'Important Sale of the Modern Tools and Stock of an Iron Foundry and Steam Engine Manufactory.
By T. M. FISHER, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 6th, 7th, and 8th days of July, 1842, on the premises belonging to Messrs. John and Edward Evans, situate at Royton, on the road between Oldham and Rochdale: to be sold without the least reserve, in consequence of their declining the business; sale to commence each day punctually at eleven o'clock in the forenoon-
THE Valuable Modern TOOLS, which are all by the best makers, and in capital working condition, including power planing machine, bed 20 feet long, 3 feet 6 inches wide, 5 feet high, and ditto, bed 3 feet 4 inches long, 1 foot 4 inches wide, both self-acting in the horizontal cuts; 26-inch double geared slide-lathe, bed 18 feet long, 2 feet 1 inch wide, 24 inch double geared ditto, bed 18 feet long, ..... slotting machine, will take wheels 5 feet diameter, and cut 8 inches deep; upright boring machine of size and power sufficient for the largest cylinder; capital upright drilling machine, fitted with carriage bed 31 feet long, for boring engine beams and other heavy work; double geared upright drilling machine, by Smith, Beacock, and Tannett, of Leeds; wheel cutting engine, Joy : bench planing machine; ...... several complete sets of patterns for steam engines. [5]

1843 [This entry to be moved to the appropriate place, as the event was subsequent to the dissolution of partnership]:-
FINING FOR THE TRUCK SYSTEM.-At the petty sessions, on Thursday last, Mr. William Crossley, iron founder and master millwrighit, of Oldham and Royton, was charged with having paid the wages of James Crossley, one of his late workmen, in goods instead of money. Messrs. Halsall and Ascroft, solicitors, were engaged in the case, the former for the complainant, and the latter for the defendant. A receipt in the complainant's hand- writing was produced, in which he acknowledged a payment of £3 0s. 10 1/2d. in goods received as wages. It appeared that Crossley's shop was at Royton, and that the complainant lived in Oldham, and worked at defendant's foundry in Oldham, and was obliged to go to Royton for provisions. The defendant was convicted in a penalty of £5 and costs. One-half of the fine goes to the informer, the other half to the county.'[6]


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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 4 April 1840
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 5 December 1840
  3. The London Gazette 8 January 1841
  4. Liverpool Standard and General Commercial Advertiser - Tuesday 12 January 1841
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 4 June 1842
  6. Manchester Times - Saturday 17 June 1843