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Falcon Foundry

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in Southwark, London

The iron railings outside St Paul's Cathedral are said to have been cast in Sussex and assembled and finished at the Falcon Foundry[1]

1723 Advertisement: 'At the ironfoundry late Mr Richard Jones (Ironfounder) at the Faulcon in Southwark are made and sold by John Wood .....[a long list of cast iron goods]. Also money for iron guns, broken or whole or any old iron.'[2]

1769-82 Joseph Wright and Thomas Prickett of the parish of St. Saviour, Southwark, iron-founders. 'Gilbert Handasyde of St Saviour, Southwark, iron founder, and his partner, Thomas Prickett.'[3]

1783-95 'Partner with Gilbert Handasyde at Falcon Foundry, Bankside, Southwark'.[4]

1810 Location: On the east side of Falcon coal wharf, opposite Gravel Lane[5]

1820 Advert: 'To Smiths, Ironfounders and others- Messrs. Dixie and Son's Premises, Falcon-square.- By Mr. ADAMSON, on Monday next, at 12 o'clock, on the Premises, by the direction of the Assignees of Messrs. Dixie and Sons, smith and iron-founders,
THE LEASE, with immediate Possession, of extensive PREMISES, in Falcon-square, known as the Falcon Foundry, established upwards of fifty years, and very eligible for a variety of manufacturing concerns. Comprising a roomy manufactory, or foundry, finishing shops, smith shops, ware rooms, counting house and cellaring; the whole enclosed with folding gates; a respectable dwelling house adjoining, possessing every convenience for a family ; and a genteel dwelling house, situate No. 26, Falcon-square, let on lease for nearly the whole term. The whole held under one lease for fourteen years, unexpired, at a low rent. To be viewed till the sale, and particulars had on the premises; of Messrs. Stevens and Wood, solicitors, Little St. Thomas Apostle; and of Mr. Adamson, 58, Fenchurch-street.'[6]

1827 Advert: 'To Iron Founders, Engineers, Smiths, and Others.
Mr. SOUTHEY, On the Premises, FALCON FOUNDRY, Bankside, Southwark, on THURSDAY, the of 6th of December, at Eleven
THE UTENSILS in TRADE, IRON, &c. comprising smiths' forge, patent blowing machine, large cranes of great power, scale-beams, weights, iron and wood flasks, weighing machine, patent coke oven, powerful braes sheave, blocks and tackle, 40 tons of wrought and cast iron, chains, shanks, drags, crow-bars, anvils, vices, screw-plates and taps, clamps, hooks and rings, grindstones, two trucks, pipes, wheels, pallisadoes, gudgeons and rings, core-barrels, moulding-sand, patterns for casting, etc.
May be viewed one day prior. Catalogue had on the Premises; and of Mr. Southey, 191, Tooley-street.
The extensive Premises to Let.' [7]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'London Past and Present: Its History, Associations, and Traditions' by Henry Benjamin Wheatley, 1891
  2. [2] Trans. Newcomen Soc., 73 (2001–2002), 33–52; 'Sir Clement Clerke and the Adoption of Coal in Metallurgy' by Peter W. King
  3. [3] WEALDEN IRON RESEARCH GROUP DATABASE: Entry for Thomas Pickett
  4. [4] WEALDEN IRON RESEARCH GROUP DATABASE: Entry for Thomas Pickett
  5. Lockie's Topography of London by John Lockie, 1810
  6. Morning Chronicle, 7 January 1820
  7. Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser - Friday 30 November 1827