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David Whitehead

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David Whitehead, surveyor and later leading partner of David Whitehead and Co, iron and brass founders and engineers.

1802 Involved in surveying for the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

1803 advert: 'SOHO FOUNDERY, near Ancoats Lane, Manchester.
DAVID WHITEHEAD begs leave to acquaint his friends and the public that on Monday the 20th. June next, he proposes to open a new Foundery near Ancoats-lane, Manchester, and to carry on the IRON BUSINESS, in the various branches of cast and beaten iron work.
The above foundery has peculiar advantages, in being situated on the bank of the Ashton Canal and will enable him to serve those who favour him with their orders on the lowest terms. It particularly merits the attention of those who have establishments near the line of the Ashton, Huddersfield, Peakforest, and other neighbouring Canals, by means of water communication the heavy article of iron may be conveyed at the least expence. His plan comprehends both heavy and light work, especially for the purposes of machinery, and he is now ready to receive orders, which he hopes execute with punctuality, and so as to give general satisfaction.
He is in want of some good Workmen in different departments, but none will be received who are under engagement, or who have not a character for steadiness and good behaviour. He also wants a Loam Moulder, and a Moulder for small work.
David Whitehead return his best thanks to those who have employed him in land-surveying. He has now given up the regular pursuit of this business, but may be occasionally consulted by his friends at the above foundery.'[1]

1807 February 16th. Died. 'On the 16th inst. Mr. David Whitehead, land surveyor, and principal proprietor of the Soho Foundry, Manchester' [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Mercury - Tuesday 21 June 1803
  2. The Lancaster Gazette and General Advertiser, for Lancashire, Westmorland, &c. Saturday, February 28, 1807