1851 'The Liverpool Mercury says— "Some few weeks ago gave a description of Messrs. Simpson and Shipton's new and valuable reciprocating steam engine, as it was seen at work in the Great Exhibition — an engine adapted either for locomotives or stationary purposes, but particularly for screw steam-ships. On looking over the list of prizes awarded to the fortunate exhibitors, we find that the exhibitors, who reside in Manchester, have gained the prize medal for their novel invention. The inventor is Mr. Joseph Simpson, son of Mr. R. Simpson, painter and decorator, Newcastle, Staffordshire, and the gentleman who gained the £200 prize for the best design for the great landing stage now moored off the Georges pier." '
1855 'SIMPSON & BARNES (late Shipton and Co.) Engineers, Millwrights, Ironfounders. &c. works Grey-street, near the Railway Station, Openshaw, Manchester, beg respectfully to inform their Friends and the Public that they intend to carry on the above business in all its breaches, and trust, by assiduity and prompt attention, to obtain at share of their support.'
1862 Patent sealed: 'George Peel, junior, of Manchester, engineer, and Joseph Simpson, of the same place, manager, for improvements in the construction, arrangement, and mode of working hydraulic presses, and in the of force pumps. Dated June 4, 1862.'
1871 Patent applications: 'Joseph Simpson, of the Soho Iron Works, Manchester, for an invention of "improvements in hydraulic presses for baling cotton and other materials, and packing goods, and in economising power in such presses," Sept 26;'
1874 Letter to The Engineer concerning the plans in 1845 for St. George's Pier, Liverpool which he claims to have designed. From Joseph Simpson, Soho Ironworks, Manchester.. Note: Soho Ironworks = Peel, Williams and Peel, probably.
1879 Advert: 'MR. JOSEPH SIMPSON, CONSULTING ENGINEER, HEATON CHAPEL, near MANCHESTER,
Begs to call the attention of Manufacturers and others to his PATENT POTTERS' LATHE; And also to the PATENT GAS ENGINE; Both of which may seen in working operation at Mr. JOSEPH SCARRATT'S, ALBION-STREET, HANLEY, from whom particulars may be obtained, from my address, as above.'. Same James Simpson?
Sources of Information
- Birmingham Journal - Saturday 02 September 1848
- Staffordshire Advertiser, 1 November 1851
- Manchester Times - Saturday 6 January 1855
- Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 21 May 1859
- Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 29 November 1862
- Preston Chronicle - Saturday 14 October 1871
- The Engineer 1874/09/11
- Staffordshire Sentinel - Thursday 27 November 1879