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Walter Mabon of Walter Mabon & Co of Ardwick Iron Works, Raven Street, Ardwick, and Albion Ironworks, Gorton, Manchester

Established by Walter Mabon.

  • 1850 Iron and brass founders, engineers, makers of gasometers, boilers, hydraulic presses. Walter Mabon’s home address: 3 Summer Place, Ardwick [1]
  • 1855 'Manchester.— Mr. Walter Mabon, of the Ardwick Ironworks, is constructing four iron boats for the Government, which it is believed are intended be employed by the commissariat for landing stores in the Black Sea. The order was received on the 29th. Nov. through Messrs. Whitehall, Lennox, and Co., merchants, Liverpool ; and the time allowed for its completion was until January 15th. The boats are being constructed at Mr. Mabon's Albion Ironworks, Gorton, three being on the stocks, and the keel of the fourth being laid. They are of the class of vessels termed lighters, and are of the following dimensions : —Length, 50 feet; width, 12ft. 6in. ; depth 4ft. 6in. They will each carry about 40 tons of measured goods, and with that load will draw about 3ft. 6in. of water. The materials which the lighters are being constructed are 1/4in. and 3/8in. wrought iron plates, strongly rivetted together. The framework is composed of angle and T iron ; the gunwale of each boat being of angle iron, and the keel (6in. by 3in.) of T iron. The deck beams are 7in. by 3in. and are formed of double angle iron. A number of additional hands have been engaged to ensure the completion of the boats within the specified time. — Manchester Guardian
    [Walter Mabon is a native of Kelso, and son of the late Mr. John Mabon, surgeons’ instrument maker. At an early age Mr. Mabon went to Manchester ; but although he had served a regular apprenticeship in the millwright business in Kelso, so stringent were the rules of the trade, that, became his indenture had not been signed at the time he became an apprentice, he was not allowed to work, and sent back to Scotland to make up his time. Having done so, he returned to Manchester where he found ready employment in one of the best firms, and by skill, industry, and perseverance, he soon found himself in a position to enter the field of enterprise on his own account. How far Mr. Mabon has succeeded the above and many other marks of public favour will shew. Besides the construction of several iron bridges, he has been engaged in number of public works, which, while they have given satisfaction to his employers, redound to his own credit.]'[2]
  • 1875 'A petition for liquidation was filed yesterday in the Manchester County Court by John Mabon, of Ardwick and Gorton, engineer and boiler maker. The liabilities are £30,300.'[3]
  • 1875 'Liquidation by Arrangement of the affairs of John Mabon …. trading under the style or firm of Walter Mabon & Co' [4]

1865 Wedding announcement: 'MABON-FLETCHER—FLETCHER-CHANTLER — September 27, at the Cathedral, Manchester, by the Rev. Richard Butler, M.A., rector of St. Silas' Church, Ardwick, John, second son the late Walter Mabon, Esq., engineer, Ardwick Ironworks, and Summer-place, Ardwick, to Maria, second daughter of Jas. Fletcher, Esq., engineer, Salford. and Higher Crumpsall.— Also, at the same time and place, James, second son the above-named James Fletcher, Esq., to Mary Clementina Chantler, of Prestwich, only child of the William Chantler, Esq., of Tottington.'[5]. Was James Fletcher James Fletcher (1806-1881)?

1876 'THE BANKRUPTCY ACT, 1869. —IN THE COUNTY COURT OF LANCASHIRE, HOLDEN AT MANCHESTER. In the matter of a special resolution for liquidation by arrangement in composition with creditors instituted by JOHN MABON, of Ardwick, Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, and of Gorton, in the said county, engineer and boiler maker, trading under the style or firm "Walter Mabon and Co." The creditors of the above-named John Mabon, who have not already proved their debts are required on or before the 14th day of April, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims to me, the undersigned John Hall, of 64, Port-street, Manchester aforesaid, iron merchant, the trustee under the liquidatlon, or in default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of the dividend proposed to be declared. Dated this 31st day of March, 1876.
JOHN HALL, Trustee.
SLATER & POOLE, solicitor, 5, Norfolk-street, Manchester.' [6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1850
  2. Kelso Chronicle - Friday 5 January 1855
  3. Staffordshire Sentinel, 15th June 1875
  4. [1] London Gazette July 13, 1875
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 30 September 1865
  6. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 1 April 1876