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John Crooke

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of Burnley

Iron and brass foundry

1825. Sale. 'Valuable Iron and Brass-Foundry, and Premises, at Burnley, Lancashire. To be sold by auction, before the major part of The Commissioners named and authorised in and by a Commission of Bankrupt awarded and issued and now in prosecution against John Crooke, a Bankrupt, at the House of Mr. James Rawcliffe, the Cross Keys Inn, within Burnley, in the County of Lancaster, on Thursday the 12th day of May 1826', at Six o'Clock in the Evening, subject to such conditions as may then be produced; All those extensive and valuable buildings, consisting of an iron and brass, foundry, mechanic's shop, and premises, with a new steam engine and gearing belonging thereto, and in excellent repair, together also with a smith's-shop, offices, and a large plot of building land or ground attached and belonging thereto, situate on the junction of and adjoining to the rivers Calder and Brun, within Burnley aforesaid, and late in the possession of Mr. John Crooke, iron and brass founder. The above premises have for several years been appropriated to the foundry and mechanic's business, being capable of very considerable enlargement, and are particularly well adapted for those businesses on an extensive scale. The tenements are copyhold, leasehold of the Manor of Ightenhill, for the remainder of a term of nine hundred and ninety-nine years, subject to a ground rent of 39l. per annum....'[1]


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