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1773 Living at 72 Market Stead Lane (now Market Street) in Manchester, and moved to Long Millgate in 1804, where he established a wire works in the basement of the School Mills. 
1780 Listed as a wire-worker, pin-maker, and wire-drawer, 72 Market-street Lane
1816 Advert: 'Notice is hereby given, that the partnership heretofore carried on by the undersigned James Howard, Stephen Russell, and John Howard, wire-workers, and pin-makers, at Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, under the firm of Howard, Russell, and Howard, was this day dissolved by mutual consent. All debts due and owing by and to the said parties will be received and paid by the said Stephen Russelll. Witness our hands, .....
Stephen Russell Begs to offer his most sincere Thanks to his Friends and the Public in general, for the distinguished Favors conferred upon him, and his late partners, Messrs. James and John Howard, for a series of years, in the pin and wire-work business, under the firm of Howard, Russell, and Howard. He takes this opportunity of stating, that he has formed a connexion with Messrs. Johnson and Sharrocks, and that the Business will in future be carried on in all its different branches, more extensively, upon the same premises, under the firm of Russell, Johnson, and Sharrocks. A continuance of the public favors is humbly solicited, and will on all occasions be gratefully acknowledged, and their command, punctually attended to.
N.B. A constant Assortment of Brass, Iron, and Copper Wire is kept on hand for the supply of Paper Mold Makers, Calico Printers, Card Makers, Brush Makers, Reed Makers, Millers, &c. &c. on the most reasonable terms. 22, Long Millgate, Manchester.'