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of Cowell's Buildings, Ardwick, Manchester
The 1849 O.S. map shows the small premises located on an alley called Cowell's Buildings, parallel to William Street (to the north) and Dark Lane (to the south). The building measured just 15 ft by 68 ft.
1867 Advert: 'On Thursday next, September 19, 1867.— To Screw Makers. Smiths, and others.
MR. W. H. PRATT has been instructed to SELL BY AUCTION, on Thursday next, September 19, 1867, at twelve o'clock prompt, on the premises late in occupation of John Ramsden, screw bolt maker, situate in Cowell's buildings. Mill-street, William-street, off Union-street, Ogden-street, the wholeof the PLANT, STOCK IN TRADE, and EFFECTS; comprising a compact horizontal engine, 6in. cylinder, 14in. stroke, on iron bed and ashlar foundation; upright circular dome boiler, 6ft. 4ft. diameter. with steam and water guages; 37ft. 2in. wrought shafting, pulleys, single and double and oliver blocks, hand cropping machine, tapping and screwing machines, bolt pointing machine up to 1in., upright hand drill, 28in. smith's bellows. 38in. double-blast bellows, Pooley's patent platform weighing machine, to 10 cwt.; 5in. vice and bench; round, flat, and square iron; nuts and bolts, scrap iron, grindstone, waggon, water and gas meters, bolt maker's tools, and other effects. —On view morning of sale.—Catalogues may now be had at the Auctioneer's Offices, 21, Bond-street, where any further particulars may be obtained.'