Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 146,685 pages of information and 232,152 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
Shadwell Street Mill, Near Snowhill, Birmingham.
1828 Listed as Brass founders, Shadwell St..
1830 Listed as 'Heatons Brothers, brass moulding, desk railings, button shank, brass and copper wire, and stair rod metal rollers, smiths' work, astragal, etc. manufacturers, Shadwell Street Mills'.
'Mr. R. Heaton invented, and brought to the present state of perfection, machinery to make button shanks. The machine forms at once the shank ready for the button. There are three places in Birmingham where they are made - the principal one is Heaton, Brothers, of Shadwell Street, sons of the inventor, where from thirty to forty tons are made annually. The largest are eight gross to the pound; the smallest forty gross to the pound. About eighty thousand can be made per hour.'
1833-34 Trial of road steam carriages with Heaton's Steam Carriage Co proved unsuccessful.
1835 Listed as 'Heaton Brothers, manufacturers of button shanks, lathes and presses, Shadwell St.
1839 Listed as 'Heaton Brothers, manufacturers of button shanks, lathes and presses, Shadwell street.
1839 William Heaton left the partnership "... heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, George Heaton, as executor of John Heaton, deceased, William Heaton, George Heaton, and Reuben Heaton, as Jobbing Smiths, Button Shank-Makers, and Wire-Manufacturers, carrying on trade at Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, under the firm of Heaton Brothers, stands dissolved, as and from the 24th day of December 1838, as far as respects the said William Heaton. All debts due to and owing by the said late partnership will be received and paid by the said George Heaton and Reuben Heaton, who, with the said. George Heaton, as such Executor as aforesaid, will in future carry on the said trade on their own account..."
1849 George Heaton, metal roller and manufacturer of copper sash, etc. wire, hooks, eyes, 48 Shadwell St; Listed as metal rollers, and as Wire Drawers; Listed as Hook and Eye makers .
By 1851 had been succeeded by Heaton and Dugard of the same address