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Webber family, ironfounders, Newton Abbot

Philip, Charles, John, Henry and George Webber

Albion Works, Newton Abbot - B J Webber.

Appears to have been located in Market Street; in 1860 he re-established in Station Road. But Charles Webber were based at Courtenay Street in 1857

1841 Langford Budville, near Wellington, Somerset: Philip and Betty Webber and sons John, Charles, Bernard, Henry and Hames[1]

1849 NEWTON ABBOT. Accident.— On Friday last a little boy, about nine years of age, son of a travelling image seller, was playing Webber’s Iron Foundry, when his fingers were caught by the cog wheel of the machinery used for blowing the bellows. Assistance was immediately rendered but not until the boy’s arm was drawn in, and crushed almost to atoms. Mr. Jellard was immediately sent for and an examination found amputation necessary, which was accordingly performed.[2]

1851 Wolborough census. Courtney Street. Philip Webber HM 61 ironfounder b Huish Champflower, Somerset; Betty Webber, wife 60, b Huish Champflower; Charles Webber, son, 33, ironfounder, b Clatworthy; Henry Webber, son, 24, ironfounder, b Langford, Somerset.[3]

1851 A Philip Hugh Webber died, Newton Abbot.

1851 Church Street, Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge: John Webber, H M, 36, ironfounder, b Somerset; Ann, wife, 39, b Sicily. British subject; George, son, 6, b Dodbrook; John, 3, son, b Dodbrook.[4]

1855 B. J. WEBBER, Machinist and Engineer, Newton Abbot, Begs to inform Agriculturists and others that he has constantly on Sale every description of Agricultural Implements, from all the celebrated Makers. Among the Implements are the following: RICHMOND & CHANDLER’S Chaff Cutters, which obtained the first prize at the meeting of the Royal Agricultural Society at Carlisle. TURNER and STANLEY’S Corn Bruisers, HOWARD’S Ploughs, &c, &c. The Implements are sold at the Makers’ Prices. B. J. W. also begs to call attention to his Four-Horse and Two-Horse Threshing and Shaking Machines, which obtained the First Prizes at the Plymouth, Bath, and Tiverton Shows.[5]

1856 Charles and Henry Webber selling 30ft by 3ft 6in waterwheel and another 30 by 3ft. Newton Foundry.[6]

1856 ‘Since the discovery of the Queen of the Dart Mine, [Ashburton] the machinery on the works have been driven by steam [not entirely so; horse whims used initially] which from the distance of getting coals, caused it rather expensive to the company. This has now been avoided, and after a few weeks delay, the mine has again assumed a cheerful appearance, and commenced work on Thursday last. Messrs C and H Webber, of the Newton Abbot foundry have erected two splendid waterwheels, 30 feet in diameter, 5 feet 6 inches breast, which are working admirably .. The water is already pumped out, and fine stones of copper ore were taken up on Tuesday. Mr P Hawke, of Cornwall, is appointed captain of the mine ..’[7]

1857 Webber, C & E, iron and brass founders, Courtenay Street. Webber, B J, ironfounder and millwright and engineer, Market Place.[8]

1860 B. J. WEBBER, Engineer, &c., ALBION WORKS, NEWTON ABBOT. B. J. WEBBER, in announcing his REMOVAL to his extensive NEW WORKS in Station Road. would invite the Public to inspect his lMPROVED PORTABLE & STATIONARY STEAM ENGINES and BOILERS. Having now put down First-Class Machinery (not to be equalled by that of any other maker in the county), he feels satisfied that by his recent improvements in construction, his work cannot be surpassed any engineer the country. He has now secured ample accommodation by the erection of his new premises, and can therefore execute any order at the shortest notice. B.J.W. also invites the special attention of Agriculturists to his Improved Threshing Machines and other Implements, which have met with such general approval to have carried off 32 Prizes at recent Agricultural Meetings. Agricultural Implements of other Makers supplied at their prices – delivered to any Station on the S. D. R. [South Devon Railway]. Portable Steam-Engine, equal to new, with a Webber’s Improved Portable Combined Threshing Machine, and Stationary Engine and Boiler. Vacancies for Two respectable Apprentices to the Engineering Business.[9]

1860 .. Lot 8. All that capital and well-built House, with Frontage of about 38 feet, situate in Courtenay Street, Newton Abbot, and containing a spacious Shop, Parlour, Kitchen, Wash-house, and other convenient offices on the Ground Floor, with a Court behind the same, and two Sitting Rooms, six Bed Rooms, and Water Closet over, now the occupation Mr. Charles Webber, the Proprietor. The above Houses are held for Term of 99 years ..[10]

1861 Wolborough census. Courtenay Street, Newton Abbot: Charles Webber, unm, 44, iron founder [employing] 6 men and 2 boys, b Clatworthy; Betty Webber, mother, widow, 70, housekeeper, b Clatworthy [sic]; George nephew 16, b Kingsbridge, moulder; John nephew 14, b Kingsbridge, moulder.[11]

1861 Bernard Webber listed as a smith and engineer. Bankrupt.[12]

1861 James Webber, ironfounder, Torquay. Living in father-in-law’s house[13]

1861 Barnstaple. Henry Webber, an ironfounder of Newton in 1851 and 1856, was living in Bedford Row, Barnstaple, aged 35. He was born at Langford Budville, Somerset; Maria, wife, b Torquay, 29; Laura Maria, dau, 2, b Barnstaple[14]

1864 Bath & West of England Agricultural Society meeting, Bristol. Stand 33.— Mr Bernard James Webber, of Newton Abbot, who is the only Devonshire exhibitor in this department, shows a patent four-horse steam, water, or horse power thrashing machine, invented by himself. This machine has been so improved as to thrash, winnow, and complete the preparation of wheat and other grain for market without the need of elevators, and by the application of only one belt, which runs, without being crossed, the entire machine having but three motions, vis., the drum, spindle, riddle crank and straw shaker axle. This extreme simplicity and perfect effectiveness, at a saving of at least 25 per cent, power, render this machine most desirable for barn purposes. The one-horse power reed combing machine, also invented by the exhibitor, entirely removes the danger the workman being drawn into the machine by the application of a foot-board, which facilitates the work, whilst the peculiar shape of the teeth removes the wheat without breaking the ear off. Webber also exhibits a hand-power reed combing machine of the same description, and one of Picksley and Sims mowing machines.[15]

1867 Bernard J Webber had a partnership with Francis Buckland, another engineer. Partnership dissolved.[16]

1871 2 Knowle Lane: Bernard J Webber H M, 50, engineer and machinist, employing 2 men and 3 boys, b Clatworthy, Somerset; Sarah, wife, 53, b Newton Abbot[17]

1871 James Webber, ironmonger, Torquay[18]

1875 Stand 26. G and J Webber, Iron and Brass Founders, Newton Foundry, Newton Abbot. Kitchen ranges, register grates, baker’s oven fittings, register mortar mill. Devon County Agricultural Association.[19]

1877 Iron and brass foundry, stove and grate Manufactory. Adjoining the Market, Newton Abbot. Castings of every description. George Webber (Late C. Webber), begs to call the attention of the Public to his Superior Cooking Ranges which he manufactures largely and can recommend them to do their work well, also for their strength, durability and excellent workmanship. G W manufacturing his own castings enables him to supply them at a lower figure than otherwise. Testimonials given on application.[20]

1877 For Oak Gates. Larch Hurdles. Apply to B. J. Webber, Keyberry Saw Mills, Newton Abbot.[21]

1878 Ironfounders, Newton Abbot: - George WEBBER, Iron Founder, Stove Manufacturer, Newton Abbot[22]

1880 Bernard James Webber died at Newton, aged 59.

1881 George Webber, H M, 38, ironfounder; Emily, wife, 28 ..; George James, son, 3; Ethel Emily dau, 5 months.[23]

1886 Devon Cooking Range, Manufactory, Market Place, Newton Abbot. G. WEBBER Calls the attention of the Public to his Improved Cooking Ranges, which are very strong and durable, and made on the the most Improved principles to ensure economy in fuel. Testimonials given from the principal Gentry and Farmers in the neighbourhood. Farmers Cooking Stoves made very strong with heavy top plates suitable for milk scalding from 19s. upwards. Cottage Stoves from 25s upwards. Show Rooms, Market Place, NEWTON ABBOT.<ref>Totnes Weekly Times 25-12-1886 p 8 col 1<ref>

1891 Living at 7 Knowles Terrace, Highweek [occupying part of house] George Webber, H W, 48, ironfounder’s agent, b Kingsbridge; George Webber, son, b Newton; Ethel, dau, 10, b Newton<ref>1891 Census<ref>

1891 Mention of Foundry Lane, Courtenay Street, Newton Abbot

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 Census
  2. Western Times 29-9-1849 p 7 col 2
  3. 1851 Census
  4. 1851 Census
  5. Western Times 1 December 1855 p 8
  6. Western Times 28-6-1856 p 4 col 1
  7. The Western Times 16 August 1856 p 7 col 2
  8. Billing’s Directory of Devon, 1857
  9. Western Times 28 April 1860 p 8
  10. WMN 27-10-1860 p 1 col 1
  11. 1861 Census
  12. Bath Chronicle 10-10-1861 p 6
  13. 1861 Census
  14. 1861 Census
  15. Western Daily Mercury 15 June 1864 p 4 col 3
  16. WT 30-4-1867 p 6 col 1
  17. 1871 Census
  18. 1871 Census
  19. East and South Devon Advertiser 29-5-1875 p 4
  20. East and South Devon Advertiser 10 March 1877 p 1
  21. East and South Devon Advertiser 13 January 1877 p 1
  22. East & South Devon Advertiser. - Saturday 22 June 1878, p 1
  23. 1881 Census