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of Battersea

1803 Bankrupt. Mark Noble of Narrow wall, Lambeth, Merchant and ironfounder, dealer and chapman.[1]

1809 Patent. of Battersea, improved engine. This was probably the steam turbine, patent No. 3289. A simple drawing shows that a jet of steam played on a bladed wheel, which, for some reason, was provided with a ratchet arrangement.[2]

1817 Sale of Tools etc. 'Mark Noble’s Stock, Utensils, and Fixtures in Trade, Battersea. To Engine Makers, Brass and Iron Founders, Smiths, and Others. Mr. Adamson, On the Premises, near the Swan, BATTERSEA BRIDGE, On WEDNESDAY, the 27th Instant, and following Day, Eleven, by Direction of the Assignees, ALL the valuable and genuine finished and unfinished Stock, together with the Utensils and Fixtures in Trade of Mark Noble, Engine-maker, a Bankrupt. The Stock includes fire and garden engines, brass pumps, ship’s chain pump, ship pumps of Capt. Treecot’s invention, a large quantity of finished and unfinished brass work, several cwt. of copper and brass, faggotted iron, several tons of wrought and cast-iron, wrought iron axletrees, large iron boilers, a capital boring machine for pump barrels, one large and costly cast-iron turning lathe, with fly and cog wheels, several small turning lathes, leather hose and suction pipes, forge bellows, nearly new, brass and wood patterns, a quantity of braziers’ and smiths’ tools of various descriptions, and numerous valuable effects, few lots of Household Furniture, &c.'[3]

1818 Sale of premises. 'Manufactory, Workshops, and Premises, Battersea, late in the occupation of Mark Noble.- By Mr. ADAMSON, on Thursday the 27th instant, at twelve, at the Auction Mart. All those Capital Range of BUILDING, DWELLING HOUSE, and OFFICES, situate near the Swan, Battersea-bridge; consisting of a foundry, smith's shops, or manufactory, large workshops, counting-house, a tank for water, yards, four cottages for labourers, with gardens, and a small field; held under two leases...'[4]

1828 Dividends. Mark Noble, of Narrow wall, Lambeth, merchant and ironfounder.[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette Publication date:27 December 1803 Issue:15661Page:1842
  2. 'The Steam Turbine' by Robert M. Neilson, Longmans, Green & Co, 1903
  3. Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser - Monday 18 August 1817
  4. Morning Chronicle - Monday 10 May 1819
  5. Globe - Wednesday 06 August 1828