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1821 - this may or may not concern the same Henry Downing - a court case concerned a bank at Dudley which had been involved in transactions that had been delayed by the postmaster; in November, Henry Downing drew a note for £200 on an iron master near Dudley named Hornblower which was paid into the bank; there was no suggestion that Downing was at fault .
1836 Patent granted to Alexander Stocker of Bordesley Iron Works, Birmingham and Henry Downing of French Wall's iron works, Birmingham (gentlemen) for improvements in manufacturing rivets, screw blanks, and other articles .
Mid 1830s James Watt (Junior) took the French Wall's Works into his own hands and ran it in conjunction with the Soho Foundry, though as a separate concern, until old age forced him to give it up in 1842 .
1837 Henry Downing owned freehold houses at French Wall's
1839 Henry Downing was acting director of Birmingham Tin Plate Co with offices at 21 Waterloo St . Henry Downing was also manager of Bordesley Steel Co, French Wall's Iron and Steel Works, Smethwick, which also had offices at 21 Waterloo St, Birmingham.