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Broad Oak Colliery (Parr)

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of Parr, near St Helens

1859 Advert: 'Important Sale of Valuable ENGINES, Pumping Engine, Wrought Iron Boilers, Coal Waggons, Pump Trees, Brass Working Barrels, Oil Brass, Walker's Patent Riddles, Wrought Iron Bar Rails, Fishbellied Rails, and other effects, at Broad Oak Colliery, Parr, near St. Helens, Lancashire.
ROBERT BUTLER, respectfully announces that he has been favoured with instructions, from Messrs. Bournes, Coal Proprietors, of St. Helens, to SELL BY AUCTION, in lots, on Wednesday. the 2nd day of November next, at Eleven o clock the forenoon, at the Broad Oak Colliery, Parr, Lancashire, the whole of the extensive and very valuable colliery plant; including one condensing low-pressure beam bright-polished pumping engine, by Hick of Bolton, cylinder 66 inches bore and 9 feet stroke, with head gearings and tappet motion, on the newest improvement, all nearly new, with steam pipe and boiler connections, cast iron gallery stairs, palisading, and hand rails, on the most modern constructon, with crab and chains to lift cover, and outside gallery of pitch pine; three waggon-shaped wrought iron boilers, 23 feet 6 Inches long, 6 feet diameter, with manholes and covers, fire doors, dead plates, bearers, dampers, frames and bars; one 15-horse condensing beam Engine, with fly-wheel, spur-wheel, and winding gearing, capable of being converted into a high-pressure engine, with steam and feed pipes, &c., complete; one 15-horse ditto; one 3-horse high-pressure vertical Engine, with bed plate, steam pipes, &c., complete, suitable for churning or thrashing machine; one 4-horse Engine, with fly-wheel and wrought iron shafts, steam pipes, &c., complete; one 70-horse horizontal high-pressure winding Engine, with wrought iron shafts, fly wheel 16 feet diameter, with brakes and two verticals, 5 feet stroke, with steam and exhaust pipes, Daglish, of St. Helens; one 40-horse high-pressure vertical winding Engine, Daglish, of St. Helens, with wrought iron shaft, fly-wheel 16 feet diameter, with brake and two verticals, &c., five wrought iron egg-ended boilers, 24 feet long, 5 feet 6 inches diameter, with fire doors, frames and bars, change boxes, steam and feed pipes, safetv valves, and water gauges; one 2-horse winding Engine, with 4 feet stroke, stands upon foundation plate, with four columns and entablature, 14 feet fly-wheel, &c.; three of Walker’s patent riddles and gearings, large quantity of steam and exhaust pipes; two wrought iron round boilers, 16 feet long by 5 feet diameter, with fire doors, &c., ..... 420 yards length of flat wire rope, 3 1/2 inches broad and 5/8 inch thick (new in 1859); two oak capstans, with long beams and pulleys; .....one 12-ton Weighing machine, by Daglish, St. Helens; ....'[1]

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  1. Warrington Guardian - Saturday 29 October 1859