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C. J. Schofield

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of Vitriol and Alkali Works, Clayton, near Manchester, vitriol manufacturers.

1857 Partnership dissolved between Christopher James Schofield and George Anderton the younger, vitriol manufacturers [1]. Their business was Vitriol Manufacturers and Manure Manufacturers, at Clayton, near Manchester. The vitriol businesses were continued by Christopher James Schofield. George Anderton carried on the business of manure manufacturer[2]

1876 'THE FATAL FALL OF A VITRIOL CHAMBER AT CLAYTON. An inquest concerning the deaths of Jos. Beswick, aged 46, foreman labourer, who resided at Clayton, and Robt. Smith, kilnman, 44 years old, late of Edge Lane, Droylsden, was conducted by Mr. F. Price, at the Humphrey Chetham Inn, Ashton New Road, Clayton, yesterday afternoon. Joseph Beswick, the son of one of the deceased men, said that his father previous to his death was employed at Mr. Schofield's manufactory. The witness also worked there as a plumber, and before the accident on Thursday he was assisting to line the inside of the vitriol chamber with lead. The chamber had been if course of erection during four months. About half past three o'clock on Thursday afternoon, he and the other plumbers, while standing in the chamber, were lowering, by means of a crab, one end of a large plank, the other end being already upon the floor, when the timber work, which formed one side of the chamber (the latter being constructed of a framework of beams lined with lead), began to fall inwards. .....'[3]

1903 Photo of Schofield's chemical works here.

Hardman and Holden acquired C. J. Schofield.

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Sources of Information

  1. Leigh Chronicle and Weekly District Advertiser, 9 May 1857
  2. London Gazette 5 May 1857
  3. Manchester Times, 1 July 1876