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Crown Street Works

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Crown Street Works, Liverpool

1827 Thomas Clarke Worsdell (1788-1862) established a coach building business with his son Nathaniel in Liverpool, which soon achieved a high reputation for the quality of its work. Through Quaker influence he was introduced to George Stephenson and with him planned the first carriages for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.

1828 Thomas became superintendent of coaching for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway; built large numbers of coaches, as well as tenders for the Rocket and other locomotives, and a variety of goods wagons. Stephenson called him "the best coach builder I ever knew".

1837 Thomas Clarke Worsdell left Liverpool but Nathaniel remained and continued to run the Crown Street Works.

1843 Nathaniel moved to the new works at Crewe as carriage and wagon superintendent for the Grand Junction Railway.

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