Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,470 pages of information and 233,895 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
Joseph Rathbone (1746-1790) of Liverpool, ironmaster
Married Mary Darby, daughter of Abraham Darby (1711-1763)
1784 William Fawcett joined the management of the Liverpool foundry
1785 Large-scale iron-making began with a furnace at Donnington Wood constructed by William Reynolds and Joseph Rathbone on land leased from Earl Gower, on the north side of the Donnington Wood Canal. Gower contributed £2,000 to the enterprise.
1790 August. Died
Joseph Rathbone's executors were his widow Mary of Coalbrookdale and William Rathbone, merchant, of Liverpool.
In his will he bequearthed William Fawcett £2,500 and his Five Shares in Iron Bridge across the Severn. Fawcett was then granted a lease on Phoenix Foundry for seven years by the Darbys of Coalbrookdale.
1807 Death of his wife. ' On the 17th inst at Coalbrook-dale, aged 57, Mrs. Mary Rathbone, relict of Mr. Joseph Rathbone, formerly a merchant in Liverpool, and one of the people called Quakers.'