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Joseph Robinson and Co

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Joseph Robinson and Co of Springfield Iron Works, Salford

Formerly Robinson and Young

Established in 1842

1852 Patent granted to Walter Young of Springfield Ironworks, Salford, for improvements in steam engines.[1]

1854 'WALTER YOUNG, DECEASED.— All persons having claims upon the estate of WALTER YOUNG, late of Salford, in the county of Lancaster, millwright and engineer, deceased, are requested to forward the same to Mr. Joseph Robinson, of the Springfield Ironworks, In Salford aforesaid. And all persons indebted to the private estate of the said Walter Young, are requested to pay the amount of their respective accounts to the said Joseph Robinson.—By order of the Executors, THOMAS LEEMING, Solicitor.'[2]

1863 Death notice: — June 16th, aged 26, John Alexander Young, eldest son of the late Walter Young, Esq., of the firm of Robinson and Young, Springfield Ironworks, Salford.[3]

1891 Advertising as makers of bleaching, dyeing and stiffening machinery; drying, finishing and embossing machines; sole makers of Blanche's Patent Gas Singeing Machines; leather cloth and table baize machinery; paper, cloth and shaving bowls; millwrights' work in general; chilled iron and other rollers ground perfectly true on Poole's Patent Grinding Machine.

1896 'FIRE THIS MORNING. Shortly before three this morning a fire broke out at Messrs. Joseph Robinson and Company's Springfield Iron Works, in Senior-street, Salford, and for a time appeared to be of an alarming character, owing the fact that the outbreak occurred in some wooden structures used as moulding and fettling rooms. The Salford Fire Brigade, under Superintendent Bentley. were early on the scene, and by four o'clock had completely mastered the flames, and, though valuable property was destroyed, the damage to the plant and work in hand may be roughly estimated to amount to couple of hundred pounds.[4]


The 1915/1922 O.S. Map[5] shows Springfield Iron Works at the junction of Springfield Lane and Senior Street. It was hemmed in to the north and east by a right angled corner of Greengate Mills. The extent of the works premises is not clear, but the identified main building and yard cover an area of approx 200ft by 200ft. A separate building alongside may have been part of the works.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 13th March 1852
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 7th October 1854
  3. Sheffield Independent, 20th June 1863
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 2nd December 1896
  5. The Godfrey Edition Old Ordnance Survey Maps: 'Manchester (NW) & Central Salford 1915': [1]

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