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Edward Talbot (1798-1871)

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c.1798 Born in Kingswinford, Staffordshire

Mr Talbot was works manager of Bagnalls Works of Tipton and a friend of George and Edward Thorneycroft and Joseph Hall. Joseph Hall visited Mr Talbot frequently and discussed, amongst other subjects, the difficulties of working pig iron. Talbot aimed to increase the production of finished iron from Bagnall's works; by process of repeated trials he succeeded in making finished iron, even in a cold state, that could be twisted into any form, from which cable chains could be produced able to bear enormous strains. In this was the process for refining iron could be avoided and the production of puddled bars increased. The product achieved was much to Mr Hall's liking.[1]

1834 Talbot introduced his process improvements at the Old British Iron Co's works in Abersychan but it was not much adopted in that district.

1841 Edward Talbot 35, forgeman, lived in Stourbridge, with Mary Talbot 30, Edward Talbot 10, Joseph Talbot 5, George Talbot 5, Sarah Talbot 2[2]

1851 Edward Talbot 53, refiner of iron, lived in Stourbridge, with Mary Talbot 24, Edward Talbot 20, refiner of iron, Joseph Talbot 19, shearer of iron, George Talbot 13, Sarah Talbot 11, Drucila Talbot 9, James Talbot 6, and his grandchild Philip Talbot 10 Monthm[3]

1861 Edward Talbott 60, refiner of iron, lived in Stourbridge, with George Talbott 22, refiner of iron, Sarah Maria Talbott 20, James Talbott 16, Minna Talbott 2[4]

1871 Edward Talbot 73, invalid, lived in Stourbridge with Sarah Talbot 26, George Talbot 33, iron refiner, Louisa Talbot 1, James Talbot 26, puddler[5]

1871 Died in Stourbridge[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1863/12/11
  2. 1841 census
  3. 1851 census
  4. 1861 census
  5. 1871 census
  6. BMD
  • Letter from his son, Edward, published in The Engineer 1863/12/11