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Lowca Engine Works

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1794 Established by Heslop and Millward, the original makers of the 'Heslop' atmospheric engine, once as well known in the north of England as the Boulton and Watt type of engine elsewhere.

1857 Sale notice: 'The extensive Works, known as LOWCA IRON and ENGINEERING WORKS, at LOWCA, in the Parish of Harrington, about One Mile from Whitehaven, the County of Cumberland (on the Line of Railway from Whitehaven to Carlisle), erected on a Piece of Land containing Four Acres and Two Roods, or thereabouts, together with the Foundries, Gas Works, Steam Engine, Weighing Machine, extensive Erecting, Smiths’, Fitting, and other Shops; Store Rooms, Stables, and ether Buildings; and the Stock-in- Trade, Plant, and Effects of and belonging to the same Works. And also a FREEHOLD DWELLING HOUSE, and several Pieces of Land near to the same Works, will be offered for Sale, by Public Auction, under an Order ofthe Court of Chancery, made in certain Causes Ley v. Tulk and Tulk v. Ley,in the course of the ensuing month. The Works are in full Operation, and the Machinery is worked by a Steam Engine. There is a siding from the said Line of Railway running into the Erecting Shop of the said works. ....' [1]

1857 Fletcher, Jennings and Co took over the business of Tulk and Ley of the Lowca Engine Works.

1862 Mineral tank locomotive described and illustrated in The Practical Mechanic's Journal, January 1862.

1884 On the retirement of Henry Allason Fletcher, the works were acquired by the Lowca Engineering Co Ltd


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Sources of Information

  1. Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware's Whitehaven Advertiser, 7 July 1857