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Tuer Bros and Co

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of Hope Foundry, Farnworth, near Bolton

See Richardson, Tuer and Co

1864 Partnership dissolved between William Tuer, John Tuer, and Matthew Tuer, Farnworth, Iron founders - so far as regards William Tuer[1]

1868: Tuer and Bradshaw iron founders, Farnworth - application for discharge at meeting of creditors[2]

1874 Partnership dissolved: 'Tuer Bros, and Co., ironfounders, machinists, and loom makers, Farnworth, Lancashire; M. Tuer will future carry on the business as before.'[3]

1874 'Sale of Valuable Ironworks at Farnworth, near Manchester.
MESSRS. THOMAS ACTON & SONS have received instructions from Mr. Mark Tuer, who is retiring from business, to SELL BY AUCTION, on Tuesday, the 8th of December, 1874, at the Thatched House Hotel, Market-street, Manchester, at five for six o'clock in the evening, subject to conditions of sale to be then produced, all that PLOT OF LAND, situated ln Egerton-street, Farnworth, within three minutes' walk of the Moses Gate railway station, containing 8,803 yards or thereabouts, held for a term of 399 years, commencing October, 1863, subject to the yearly rent of £35 5s.; and the Machine Shop, Foundry, Office, Storerooms, Cottages, Stabling, and other Erections standing thereon, together with the Engine, Boiler, Steam and Gas Piping, Shafting, Travelling Cranes. Weighing Machines, and other Working Plant in and about the premises; comprising powerful vertical steam engine; two-flued boiler, 20ft. 6in. by 6ft. ; Pollitt's patent capital ten-ton travelling crane, five-ton ditto, stationary and portable ditto, ten-ton weighing machine, &c. The tools comprise a 9in. back-geared gap lathe, with iron bed 47ft. long, fitted for screw cutting up to 10ft. 6in.; 14 back-geared side and screw-cutting lathes; one quadrant ditto, from 9in. to 14in. centres; six single-geared turning and boring lathes; one large double-geared boring lathe, with gap; 7in. and 9in. single-geared studding ditto, heavy slotting machine; planing ditto, with 13ft. slides, single-geared upright drilling machines, heavy back-geared ditto, capital steam hammer forging machine, heavy-geared punching and cropping ditto, bolt making ditto, punching and cutting ditto, heavy and single geared screwing and tapping ditto, loom side boring and patent centring machines, heavy iron sawing ditto, wood planing and drilling machines, spiking ditto, iron circular saw bench, capital sand mill, grindstones and troughs, glazers, &c. The premises are at present in full work, and well adapted for making the class of work carried on by the present proprietor, the whole of the patterns being suited to the present requirements of the trade. The works are exceedingly well arranged and capable of producing all classes of machinery for the manufacture of cotton, woollen, silk, and worsted goods. As a whole they present to any person desirous of entering the business an opportunity rarely to be met with, and are very suitable for converting into limited company. The stock in trade, loose utensils, horses, carts, &c. will have to be taken by the purchaser at a valuation.—Further particulars may be obtained from the Auctioneers, 41. Princess-street, Manchester; from Messrs. Holden and Holden. solicitors, Bolton; or from Messrs GEORGE WHITEHEAD, SON, & DODDS, solicitors, Bury.'[4]

1878 Advertising as Tuer Bros. & Co., Hope Foundry, Farnworth, makers of power looms for weaving, warp sizing machines, beaming machines, dry slashers, winding machines.

1879 'Valuable Leasehold Land, situate at Moses Gate, Farnworth, Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, with the Ironfoundry, Machine Shop, Stabling, Buildings, Steam Engine, Boiler, Gearing, Shafting, Machinery, and Fixtures.
By Mr. JAMES HOWARTH, at the Railway Hotel, Moses Gate, in Farnworth aforesaid, on Thursday, the 11th day of September, 1879, ..... The total quantity of land comprised in the whole the lots is 8,303 square yards, ..... together with the iron foundry called "Hope Foundry," machine shop, and other buildings thereon erected, comprising storeroom, dressing shop, smithy, moulding shop and office; together with vertical high pressure steam engine in good working condition, 20 horsepower, with all the shafting belonging thereto , boiler house with steam boiler, two flues, 30 horsepower, furnace stage, coke, sand, and other sheds, buildings and premises are in good working order, and were late in the occupation of Mr. Mark Tuer, carrying on business as "Tuer Brothers," ......
Lot 5 comprises travelling crane, in good condition, .....moulding shop, with 11 wood benches; smithy, with five hearths, tue irons, cistern, water piping, fan for smithy fires,one gallows crane, one steam hammer....' [Various machine tools listed, including lathes, planing machines, 'a self-acting upright drill, by Buck and Sons, Bolton ; two self-acting upright drills, by Butterworth ; one slotting machine, by Oldham and Richards, Manchester ; two screw and tapping machines, ... a large quantity of moulding boxes, hammers, weights, iron patterns, cranks for looms, cramps, riddles, also a large quantity of wood patterns.....' etc. [5]

1881 'CHARGE OF ISSUING FICTITIOUS CHEQUES, At the Manchester City Police Court, on Tuesday, John Hilton and Mark Tuer, who formerly carried on the business ot ironfounders at Farnworth, near Bolton, were charged on remand with having obtained a seal-skin jacket and cloak, of the value of £26, from Mr. B. Harinkirsch, draper, Oldham-street, Manchester, by means of a fictitious and worthless cheque. Several other charges of a similar character were preferred against the prisoners, particulars of which have previously been published, and they were committed to the assizes for trial.' [6]

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 19 September 1864
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 14 November 1868
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 12 August 1874
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 28 November 1874
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 6 September 1879
  6. Manchester Times, 22 January 1881