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1823 An iron and steel company was founded at Park Gate Rotherham by Sanderson and Watson. The site was chosen because of its proximity to coal supplies and the South Yorkshire Canal.
1835 Second annual meeting of the company held at Birmingham.
1838 Issue of shares to pay for lease on mine (coal and iron) adjacent to Parkgate Works and to construct a blast furnace. Company offices: 20 Newhall St, Birmingham.
1839 The first blast furnace was installed at Parkgate.
1839 Company listed at 21 Waterloo Street, Birmingham (office) and Park gate works, Rotherham, Henry Downing acting director. Henry Downing was also manager of Bordesley Steel Co with offices at 21 Waterloo St.
1840 Parkgate site changed hands.
1842 Action against William Swann, partner in New Park Gate works of Birmingham Tin Plate Co, to recover monies owed in connection with the coal interests at Chapeltown that Swann had acquired in 1839; action was successful; Mr Kirk was manager for Mr Swann and Mr Wright at the Park Gate Works.
1845 A mill was installed to produce tracks for the railways.
1864 Samuel Beale retired and his son William Lansdowne Beale incorporated the company as Park Gate Iron Co.
1888 Name changed to Park Gate Iron and Steel Co.