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William Wakeham Martin

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William Wakeham Martin (c1832-1893), ironfounder of Eagle Foundry, Exeter - of Martin and Son

c1832 Born at Totnes

1847 Court adjudication. 'Mr. William Canute Bodley, iron-founder, was summoned by an apprentice named William Wakeham Martin, for the non payment of 4s 8d wages. Mr. Fryer appeared for the complainant. The boy had injured his hand with a hammer, and not being able to do his usual work for a fortnight, had been employed in running errands. Mr. Bodley, and his partner in business, Mr. Huxtable, maintained that the boy did no work all that time, and that he only came to the shop to play - he was never asked to work, being considered incapable. The mayor ordered the sum to be paid, as the boy had not, according to the indenture- "wilfully neglected his work." [1]

1861 Birth of a son to W. W. Martin, at the Eagle Foundry, Exeter.[2]

1863 Mention of W. W. Martin, Eagle Foundry, Exeter.[3]

1869 January. Advertisement. W. W. Martin, Engineer, Boiler Maker, Iron and Brass Founder, Eagle Foundry, Exeter. Long list of available items.[4]

1869 June. Robert Blackburn takes out summons against W. W. Martin for assault. Case dismissed.[5]

1869 Bankrupt. '...William Wakeham Martin, of Exeter, Engineer and Ironfounder, having been adjudged bankrupt ...'[6]

1869 Sale of Foundry. 'All that Messuage, Tenement, or Dwelling House, Foundry, Smithery, Turning and Fitting Shop, Office, Yard, a Stable, Coachhouse, and Premises, knows by the name of the "EAGLE FOUNDRY," situate, lying, and being in the Exe Island, in the parishes of Saint Edmund on the Bridge and Allhallows on the Walls, in the city of Exeter, now and for many years past in the occupation of the said William Wakeham Martin, in which large and extensive engineering and ironfoundry businesses have been carried on together. Also with all the Machinery, Shafting, &c., attached to the freehold, consisting of five turning lathes, one planing machine, one shaping ditto, one screwing ditto, one drilling ditto, one set of plate bending rolls, one steam hammer, one punching machine, one grinding stone, two patent fans, two cranes and cupolas, and one twelve-horse power engine and boiler.'[7]

1870 Advertises that he has taken over the Palmerston Hotel, Tiverton. [8]

1893 May 6th. Died. Of the Palmerston Hotel, Tiverton. Probate to his widow Mart Ann Martin.

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Sources of Information

  1. Western Times - Saturday 14 August 1847
  2. Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday 06 February 1861
  3. Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday 21 October 1863
  4. Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday 20 January 1869
  5. Western Times - Tuesday 01 June 1869
  6. The London Gazette Publication date:16 July 1869 Issue:23517 Page:4048
  7. Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday 08 September 1869
  8. Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday 12 January 1870