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Phoenix Foundry, Derby

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Later Phoenix Foundry and Engineering Co.

Maker of components for bridges including Battersea Bridge

1848 'Gigantic Railway Girders.—Within the last few days some interest has been excited at Witham by the arrival of some extraordinary-sized cast iron girders, for two of the two bridges on the line. These girders which were cast at Mr. Heywood's foundry, at Derby, are the largest single girders which have ever been cast, with one exception; they are fifty-three feet four and a half inches in length, and weigh about thirteen tons each. They were brought from Derby to Pickford's wharf in the City-road, by water, and thence moved to the Shoreditch station on the Eastern Counties' line and brought to Witham. On Thursday, the 25th ultimo, the first of these girders was moved from the Witham station on two very strongly-built stone-trucks, drawn by eighteen powerful horses, and accompanied by a staff of the engineers and other gentlemen connected with the formation of the line.— Essex Standard.'[1]. Note: 'Mr. Heywood's foundry is assumed to be Phoenix Foundry.

1861 James Heywood, junior, of Phoenix Foundry and Engineering Works, Derby, exhibited at the Royal Agricultural Society of England meeting in Leeds - exhibited portable steam engine, threshing machine, etc[2]

1862 Exhibited at the London Exhibition

1870s Also Stacey, Davis and Co

1890 Completed the new Battersea Bridge over the river Thames and large shops in Liverpool.[3]

1897-9 A. W. Farnsworth was engineer and chief draughtsman.

1901 Offered hydraulic pressed segment socket and flanged steel culverts for electric cables.

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Sources of Information

  1. Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Saturday 15 January 1848
  2. The Farmer's Magazine, 1861
  3. The Engineer 1890/02/21 p147