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Joseph Howden

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Engineer of Union Foundry, Wakefield.

There are references to a treadmill to be installed to drive a mill at the Wakefield House of Correction: ‘Treadmill erected by Joseph Howden of Wakefield, engineer and millwright’, early C19th, and ‘Plan and elevation of an intended treading mill by Messrs Foxhall, Howden and Co’ (1834).[1]

1839 Advertisement: 'STEAM ENGINES, &c.-TO BE SOLD BY PRIVATE CONTRACT, A New Ten Horse Condensing STEAM ENGINE, with 14 Horse boiler to do. A New Eight Horse Condensing STEAM ENGINE, Cistern, framed, portable, with or without Boiler. -Also, a STEAM ENGINE CYLINDER, 24 Inches Diameter, with Piston, Metallic Packing, Piston Rod. Side Pipes, Valves. &c, to do. complete, and in excellent Condition, being nearly new, taken out to replace with a larger. For Price and further Particulars apply, Post-paid, to Mr. Joseph Howden, Steam Engine Maker, Westgate Common Foundry, Wakefield. [2]

1844 Joseph Howden, iron founder, Wakefield, reported as bankrupt[3]

1859 Pontesford Colliery (Nags Head) coal mine bought an engine and boiler from Joseph Howden of the Union Foundry in 1859. The engine was second hand, and it is not known whether it was actually made by Howden[4]

See also Foxhall, Howden and Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1]Online information from The National Archives
  2. Leeds Mercury, 21st December 1839
  3. [2]Information from the newspaper ‘Carlisle Patriot’, May 1844.
  4. [3]Online article about the Pontesford Collieries on the Aditnow website.