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Murch and Spence

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Murch & Spence of Bridgwater Iron Foundry, Eastover, Bridgwater

1864 Partnership of Murch and Spence, between William Edward Murch and Robert Spence, iron founders and engineers of Eastover, Bridgwater, dissolved by mutual consent. Business to be carried on by Robert Spence [1]

1866 Advertising as Murch & Spence, Horticultural Engineers, &c.[2]

1867 Bath & West of England Show: 'Messrs. Murch and Spence, of Bridgwater, exhibit a Fourneyron Turbine, an Appold or centrifugal pump, apple mill, double-action brick and drain-pipe machine, small hand power ditto, contractor's pump, double Roman tile mould, &c.'[3]

1872 Patent No. 853 for improvements in machinery for the manufacture of bricks from plastic clay, issued to Robert Spence and Edmund John Spence, trading as Murch and Spence [4]

1873 'On Friday a man named Kitch, in the employ of Messrs. Murch and Spence, whilst superintending an engine at Durston, got his left hand entangled in a portion of the machinery. Some of the fingers were crushed, and the hand otherwise lacerated.'[5]

1873 Advertising as sole manufacturers and licensees for Yorath's Patent Fork Elevator (for Wilts, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall)[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] The London Gazette, June 21, 1864
  2. Western Gazette, 7 September 1866
  3. Salisbury and Winchester Journal, 15 June 1867
  4. [2] The London Gazette, July 30, 1872
  5. Western Gazette, 18 July 1873
  6. Western Gazette, 22 August 1873