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Rice and Co (Northampton)

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Rice and Co, Eagle Foundry, Northampton.

1870 William Rice bought Barwell and Co Foundry in Bridge Street.[1]

1875 William Rice died.[2]

1885 Williams' son Pickering Phipps Rice and James Barry took over the running of the company.[3]

The foundry was sited on part of the Phipps Brewery premises since William's wife was Ann Phipps, daughter of Pickering Phipps, and remained there until 1928 when a new foundry was built in South Bridge Road; the offices remained in Bridge St. until 1950. [4]

1927 Pickering Phipps Rice died and his son Arthur Henry Rice took over. Another son, John Rice also worked with the firm, since 1913.[5]

1870-1940 the foundry produced a huge variety of iron castings, such as lamp posts, manhole covers, gulley grates, kitchen stoves and ranges, ornamental fireplaces, gates and railings, stable fittings, road signs, even spiral staircases and skylight frames. After WW2 they were making textile machinery, presses, machine tools, compressors, pumps, generator engines, pipe fittings, valves, power transmissions and many other applications. [6]

1928 Peter Rice, Arthur's son joined the company.[7]

1954 Peter's son, Jeremy Rice, joined the firm.[8]

1963 Arthur Rice died.[9]

1965 Peter Rice died and Albert Whitmore joined.[10]

1975 A separate foundry was set up at Round Spinney to produce high precision castings (RSM Castings). [11]

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