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of the London Works, Smethwick
1856 London Works, Smethwick was vacated by Fox, Henderson and Co.
1858 London Works was partially occupied by Thomas Astbury and Sons.
1862 Thomas Astbury of London Works gave a New Year's Day dinner for his managers and employees (about 160-170); Mr Arthur Keen was the vice-chairman of the dinner; James Astbury also made a speech.
1864 the growing enterprise of Watkins and Keen displaced Astbury and Sons from London Works; the Patent Nut and Bolt Co advertised for contractor to level earthworks; Thomas Astbury and Co advertised for levelling of the yard.
1865 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, James Astbury, Francis Watkins, and Arthur Keen, carrying on the business of Iron Founders, at The London Works, at Smethwick, in the county of Stafford, under the style or firm of Thomas Astbury and Co., was dissolved...'
1866 Griffiths' patent oil gas retorts 
1873 Partnership of Thomas Astbury and James Astbury dissolved .
1874 The company name Thomas Astbury and Son was still in use when recruiting workers. Adverts mentioned "Smethwick Foundry".
1887 Supplier of shells to the British government.