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Grimshaw, Webster and Co

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of Sunderland

1793 Opened Webster's Ropery, a partnership of John Grimshaw (1763-1840), Rowland Webster and Ralph Hill

Opened what was probably the world's first factory for machine-made rope, eliminating the need for a rope walk.

1804 Production reached 800 tons per annum

1817 Partnership dissolved

Grimshaw continued to run the business, which presumably became John Grimshaw and Co

Later Webster and Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  • A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and ..., Volume 1 edited by A. W. Skempton