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Bucknall Iron Works

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1802 Advert: 'TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, By Thomas Shorthose, OF HANLEY
At the Swan Inn, in Hanley, in the county of Stafford, on Tuesday the 23d day of March, 1802, at four o'clock, unless sooner disposed of by Private Contract;
A Very valuable and newly erected Forge, the iron helve weighing about 50 cwt., a tilt hammer for plating, blast for two fires, & worked by a complete new patent engine; the cylinder 30 inches diameter, and may have double power at a moderate expence; also a Smith's Shop and other suitable conveniences, with half an acre of land.
Independent of drawing & plating iron which may be carried on to a great extent, several colour pans may be erected and worked by the present machinery ; and to the crank wheel, a rolling and slitting mill, a corn, flint, or any other mill, may be added at a reasonable expence.
The purchaser may be accommodated with a few acres of land lying contiguous, at a fair rent.
The premises are most desirably situated for business on the River Trent, in Bucknall, in the said county, adjoin the turnpike-road leading to Hanley and Newcastle-under-Lyme, are surrounded by Coal Mines, Collieries, Steam and other Engines, Wind and Water Mills, which are continually wanting iron drawn to pattern, and but about 400 yards from that part of the Trent and Mersey Canal called the Caldon Branch.
Possession will be given at Lady-Day next and further particulate may be had of Mr. Sparrow, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Mr. Joseph Wooliscroft, of Bucknall, the Auctioneer, at Hanley aforefaid. Mr. William Martin, at the Forge, will shew the premises.'[1]

1809 Advert: 'STAFFORDSHIRE IRON WORKS. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, By Mr. COOK, By order of the Assignees of William Parker, a bankrupt, at the Swan Inn, in Hanley, in the County of Stafford, .... All that sunstantial and complete Forge or Iron Work, called Bucknall Iron Works, situated in the parish of Stoke-upon-Trent, in the said county of Stafford ; consisting of an excellent steam engine, the diameter of th cylinder of which is 30 inches, two hammers, (iron helves) one for shingling or stamping iron, and the other for drawing out bars, puddling furnace, one balling furnace, and 1 bloom furnace, one charcoal finery, & one refinery, large commodious bar-iron warehouse, two other warehouses, and a counting house.— These Works are in complete repair, and may be set to work at small expence; great part of them has been erected within the last 3 years, and the whole not more than 8 years. The same, with the Land thereto belonging, containing half an acre or thereabouts, are Freehold of Inheritance, and are within a quarter of a mile of Coals, and within 400 yards of the Caldon Canal, which communicates immediately with the Grand Trunk Canal.
The premises are most advantageously situated for trade, being only one mile from the populous place called Hanley, in the centre the Staffordshire, three miles from Newcastle.
The purchaser may have the Implements and Tools at a fair valuation. Samuel Luckcock, who lives near the Forge, will shew the premises; and further particulars may be had by applying to G. PLANT, Esq. Newcastle ; T. JONES; Esq. Bersham, near Wrexham, A. BRODIE, Esq. Broseley; or the Offices of Mr. PRITCHARD, Solicitor, Broseley ; or Mr. VERNON, Solicitor, Stone.' [2]


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  1. Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 13 March 1802
  2. Staffordshire Advertiser, 2 December 1809