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Galloway, Bowman and Glasgow

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Galloway, Bowman and Glasgow of Caledonian Foundry, Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester were millwrights and engineers

1790 Company founded by William Galloway, Senior who traded as a millwright in Lombard street [1]

1806 James Bowman joined the business and it was named Galloway and Bowman, Great Bridgewater street, trading as millwrights and engineers [2]

1818 John Galloway joins the company as apprentice

1820 William Glasgow joined the business and the name became Galloway, Bowman and Glasgow [3]

c.1828 Supplied machinery for the weaving mill of Mr Brignall at The Mount, behind the Friends' Meeting House, Lloyd's Street, Manchester[4]

1831 First railway locomotive (2-2-0) the 'Manchester' was supplied for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Only two or three were ever completed.

1835 The brothers John Galloway and William Galloway left the company and opened Knott Mill Ironworks as W. and J. Galloway

1835 Supplied a steam engine to the woollen spinning mill of James Scott on Bandon[5]

1836 Henry Duckworth was boiler foreman[6]

1839 Company closed. '...the Copartnership heretofore existing between William Galloway, James Bowman, and William Glasgow, at Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, as Ironfounders, Millwrights, and Engineers, under the firm of Galloway, Bowman, and Glasgow, was dissolved on the 11th day of October last, by the deaths of the said William Galloway and James Bowman, prior to, that date...'[7]

1839 Advertisement for sale of equipment at the premises occupied by the late firm of Galloway, Bowman and Glasgow, Great Bridgewater Street, starting 24th June. A selection from the extensive list: Planing machine by Fox - bed 10 ft 2" by 2 ft with two pairs of headstocks and index plate; slotting machine - will slot 16"; three boring mills, having headstocks 18.5", 20" and 28.5"; vertical boring rod 19 ft 6" by 14.5" diameter with steel foot, two wrought iron racks, footstep, four neck brasses and brass wheel for traverse motion; four upright drilling machines; three screwing machines; over 20 lathes having 8" to 24" centre height; various smiths' and moulders' cranes, and large double geared crane calculated to lift ten tons, and portable double geared ditto, all with traversing motion; lever machine for proving cast iron beams; air furnace; three wrought iron cupolas; three punching machines for boiler plates, ditto for gasometer plates; Slide valve engines of 16 HP and 6 HP; hand gear engines 6hp condensing and 6HP high pressure; boilers; Lorries with broad wheels and iron arms; strong boiler waggon for five tons, large ditto for 14 tons; Patterns for stationary, portable, and marine engines, for pipes, drums, lamp posts, hydraulic presses, gear wheels [8]

1839 Advertisement for sale of equipment and premises. 'The steam engine is supplied by wells sunk in the land, connected together by a capacious tunnel, ....'. The land was offered in four lots, Lot 1 having a frontage of 76 yards on Great Bridgewater Street on one side and the Rochdale Canal on the other, and bounded by the works of Sharp, Roberts and of Thomas Worthington. 4388 superficial square yards. Contained three iron foundries, a brass foundry, smiths' shop on the canal side, while the Great Bridgewater Street frontage had a five storey building 101 ft long and 27 ft wide. Lot 2, superficial area 435 sq yds, was on the other side of the street, and was used for stabling, patterns, and setting-out rooms. Lot 3, 3216 sq yds, was on the other side of the canal, opposite Lot 1, and connected by a bridge. It was set up as boiler-making yard. Lot 4, 1724 sq yds, housed their millwright and engineering establishment, with fitting and machine shops, smiths' shop, offices, etc. It was bounded by Great Bridgewater Street, Trumpet Street and Albion Street.[9]

1856 Became known as W. and J. Galloway and Sons.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 13 February 1894
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 13 February 1894
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 13 February 1894
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 11 December 1830
  5. Waterford Mail - Wednesday 11 February 1835
  6. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 12 November 1836 Duckworth inspected and reported on a boiler which had exploded
  7. [1] Gazette Issue 19712 published on the 1 March 1839.
  8. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 8th June 1839
  9. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 29 June 1839
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816