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of Wigan

See also William Wilkinson and Co

1871 Advertisement: 'MOULDERS and BLAST TENTER - Wanted, Two good moulders accustomed to general Colliery and Engineering Work ; must be non-union men. Also One BLAST TENTER. To a suitable man liberal wages will be paid. Apply at Holme House Foundry, Wigan.'[1]

1890 Advertisement: 'MOULDERS.— WANTED, several MEN, accustomed to heavy greensand engine castings; also one drysand Moulder: must be non-society men for non-society shop. — Apply James Pearson, Holme House Foundry. Wigan.'[2]

1899 Advertisement: 'To be SOLD as a going concern, the Engineering WORKS (with Moulding Shop attached) known as Holme House Foundry, Wigan (W. Wilkinson and Co.); immediate possession may be had. -Apply Mr. B, Taylor, Market-place, Wigan.'[3]

1899 Harvey and Williams, Limited. — This company has been formed to acquire as a going concern and to carry on and extend the business of Harvey and Williams, Limited, engineers, of Huntingdon and London, and to acquire and amalgamate the business known as the Holme House Foundry, Wigan, and the patent for a tool-making machine known as "The Palmer Patent Forging Machine." ' [4]

1902 Advertisement: 'Holme House Foundry, Wigan.— Re Wilkinson and Co. Limited, Liquidation.—Important Piecemeal Sale of Engineering, Machine, and Loose Tools, Foundry Plant &c. EDWARD RUSHTON, SON, & KENYON will SELL BY AUCTION, Wednesday and Thursday, March 12th and 13th, 1902, the premises, the Valuable ENGINEERING TOOLS, FOUNDRY PLANT, PATTERNS &c., comprising powerful double geared break lathe, to admit up to 8ft. 6in. diameter, with 6ft. internal geared face plate; double geared screw cutting lathes, from by 18in centres, with straight and gap beds up to 24ft. long ; 14in. stroke double geared slotting machine, and one 8in. and one 5in. single geared ditto, 14in. stroke shaping machine, by Buck and Sons, and one 8n. and one 5in. ditto; wheel cutting machine, self-acting planing machine, 11ft, by 3ft 6in by 3ft. 6in. and one ditto 5ft. 6in., 3ft. 2ft., one 4ft and one 3ft. 6in. radial arm drilling machines, two large cylinder boring machines, punching and shearing machine, set three plate bending rolls, 4ft, wide; screwing machine, steam hammer, four smith's hearths, blow fan, two cupolas, three core waggons and rails, loam mill, hydraulic press, two grindstones, steam hauling winch, set of three wood shear legs, two sets wrought-iron ditto, motor parcel van, two platform weighing machines, patent machine, two 10-ton overhead cranes, fitters' vices and benches, fixtures, office furniture, &c. ; Cornish steam boiler, 20ft. long; vertical fire box steam boiler, horizontal steam engine, 10in. cylinder, 20in. stroke; four small engines and three air compressing engines, wrought-iron shafting ; steam, gas, and water piping, large equipment of loose working tools, new bolts, nuts, castings, fittings, and various stores; the valuable iron and wood patterns for the manufacture of winding engines, hauling gear, pumping engines, steam engines, and other colliery plant, large steam engines, propellers, and other general patterns. May viewed two days prior to sale. Sale to commence 11 a.m. prompt. Catalogues may be had from Auctioneers, 13, Norfolk-street, Manchester or from the liquidator. Mr. S. TAYLOR. 60, Market-place, Wigan. ARTINGSTALL & HIND AUCTIONEERS AND ARBITRATORS 45, PRINCESS-STREET, MANCHESTER.' [5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Leeds Mercury, 1st February 1871
  2. Manchester Evening News, 12th February 1890
  3. Liverpool Mercury - Saturday 22 April 1899
  4. Manchester Evening News, 11th November 1899
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 1st March 1902