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Dolphin Foundry, Leeds

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of Steander, East Street, Leeds

The 1892 O.S. map here shows a foundry in the area identified as Steander, accessed from the lane known as Steander, which branched off East Street, near the Leeds Dam on the River Aire. On the east side of the foundry was a mill leat.

1847 Occupied by Hetherington and Thompson

1853 Occupied by James Thompson

By 1863 the Dolphin Foundry was occupied by Steander Cut Nail Works.[1]

1868 Dissolution of the Partnership between Thomas Campbell, John William Campbell, and Thomas Whiteley, as Tool Makers, at the Dolphin Foundry, East-street, Leeds, in the county of York, under the stylo or firm of Thomas Campbell, Son, and Co. All debts due settled by Thomas Whiteley[2].

At some point the Doplhin Foundry was moved to Saynor Street

1873 The firm of Campbells and Hunter was established.

1878 Patent by Thomas and John William Campbell and James Hunter at Dolphin Foundry, Saynor Road, Leeds

1885 Advert: 'Sale of the OLD DOLPHIN FOUNDRY ESTATE, situate in Steander, East Street, Leeds ; also of a Dwelling house, Beckett Street, Leeds. By Order of the Mortgagees.
Messrs WEBB are instructed to offer for Sale by Auction, Estate Sale Rooms, 26, Park Row, Leeds, THE "OLD DOLPHIN FOUNDRY," being valuable engineering premises, having a frontage of 95 feet to the thoroughfare called Steander, off East Street, Leeds, and embracing an area of 1770 square yards.
The premises contain covered and open yards, fitting shop 47ft, by 14 1/2ft., moulding shop 54ft. X 34ft., two turning shops each 114 ft. by 20ft smiths' shops, engine and boiler houses, model-rooms, timekeeper's house and office, counting house, private offices, small stable, &c.; also
All the valuable Fixed MACHINERY and APPLIANCES on the said premises, comprising 12 horse-power and boiler with fittings, cupola engine and fan, cupola with stage and fittings, travelling goliath with rails, chains, &c.; self-acting drilling machine, large planing machine, by Campbell & Hunter ; small planing machine ; slide turning lathe, 15ft. iron bed; gap lathe, 31 ft iron bed; a ditto, iron bed ; a ditto, 12ft. iron bed ; upright drilling machine, heavy boring lathe, large boring lathe, screwing, shaping, and slotting machines, two small turning lathes, face lathe, smiths hearths and fan, several pairs of vice with benches, shafting, drums, belting, hangers, couplings, bevel wheels, gas and water fittings, and other valuable items.....'[3]

1894 Dolphin Foundry, Saynor Road, Leeds, was occupied by Campbells and Hunter[4]

1907 Continued to be used by Campbells and Hunter

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Sources of Information

  1. Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 20 June 1863
  2. London Gazette 18 February, 1868
  3. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 20 June 1885
  4. 1894 Directory of Leeds