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Eagle Foundry

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1815. Grass hopper engine, Erected by William Brunton.

of Broad St., Birmingham.

c.1785 Foundry established by Richard Dearman[1]

1792 The foundry installed a cylinder boring mill of the type developed by John Wilkinson (which was not patented).[2]

Dearman and Freeth

c.1808 Dearman and Francis

1815 William Brunton was a partner here.

1816 Francis, Smith and Dearman.[3]

William Hawkes and Nicholas Oliver Harvey were trained here.

'The Engineer' of 14th August 1885 described a grasshopper engine erected at Eagle Foundry in 1815 by William Brunton. The engine had worked until 1876. 24" bore, 4' 6" stroke; Wrought iron beam. Condenser added by Bernard Peard Walker, former proprietor of the Eagle Foundry. The implication from the word 'erected' that the engine was made by the foundry, but the article also mentions grasshopper engines made by Rastrick. The boiler was fitted with Brunton’s mechanical stoker. The 1885 article mentions that Eagle Foundry was established 'about a century ago' by Richard Dearman. Brunton joined in 1814 after leaving Rastrick, Foster & Co of Shutt End, Stourbridge (questionable - does not correspond to other records)

1825/7 Brunton left the foundry

Subsequently Francis, Smith, and Hawkes, then Smith and Hawkes

1847 Smith and Hawkes

1861 Hawkes and Co[4]

1862 Smith and Hawkes - Mr. T. Hawkes.[5]

By 1872 Had been taken over by Bernard Peard Walker

Also see Bernard P. Walker

1880 Bernard Peard Walker of Eagle Foundry was involved in liquidation proceedings

1883 Mountain, Sons and Co.[6]

1888 Parry and Wythes

1890 Lion Cycle Co.[7]

1894 Premises available. 'MANUFACTURING PREMISES (good).- Eagle Foundry, Broad Street (late Lion Cycle Co); whole or in parts; large workshops. ground floor and upstairs, engine and boiler; yard, stabling, large gateway.'[8]

1899 Frederick William Gorse

1902 Midland Machinery and Press Tool Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1885/08/14
  2. 'The Early History of the Cylinder Boring Machine' by E A Forward, Trans. Newcomen Society, Volume 5, Issue 1 (1924), pp. 24-38
  3. 1816-17 Pigot's The Commercial Directory
  4. Birmingham Daily Gazette - Monday 16 June 1862
  5. Aris's Birmingham Gazette - Saturday 21 June 1862
  6. Birmingham Daily Post - Wednesday 05 December 1883
  7. Birmingham Daily Post - Wednesday 01 October 1890
  8. Birmingham Daily Post - Wednesday 26 September 1894
  • Harveys of Hayle by Edmund Vale. 1966. ISBN 978 0 904040 78 4