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S. Dobbins

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Stephen Dobbins & Co., 35 College Street, Bristol

Formerly Dobbins and Gresley.

1827 Partnership dissolved between S. Dobbins and C. Gresley [1]

1830 Advertisement: 'To Iron-founders, Engineers, Millwrights. To be SOLD by AUCTION, by Mr. FARGUS, at the Commercial Room, Bristol, on Thursday, the 2d of June, at one o'clock in the afternoon (unless disposed of by private contract) all those extensive Premises and Manufactory, with Dwelling House adjoining, situate in College-street, in which the Foundry and West India Millwork Business has been for many years past carried on under the late firm of Stephen Dobbins and Co. For further particulars and viewing the property apply to Mr. Dobbins on the premises, or to Messrs. Wasbrough and Stanley, Solicitors, Corn-street. N. B. On the 7th June and following days will be sold by Auction, on the premises, all the Utensils and Stock in Trade of the late concern, particulars of which will be given in the catalogues.'[2]


1830 Advertisement: 'WILLIAM WHITTINGTON, BRASS & IRON TURNER, No. 2, BRANDON-STREET, (Principal Workman, for 19 years, in the late Manufactory of S. Dobbins & Co.) RESPECTFULLY informs his Friends and the Public that, having purchased many of the Patterns belonging to that Concern, he is enabled to make every sort of Castor; fit up Block Sheaves of Metal or Lignum Vitae; Mangle Barrels; Grindstones, on the patent system, as heretofore done by them.- All Orders, addressed at above, will be punctuallv attended to, and at such prices, he doubts not, as will give satisfaction.
An APPRENTICE wanted.'

Beneath Whittington's advert was this:-

'S. DOBBINS, having seen an Advertisement in the Gazette of this week, signed WILLIAM WHITTINGTON, who is by trade a Clock Maker, stating himself to have been the principal workman in the late Manufactory of S. Dobbins & Co., begs to contradict that statement, as he was only employed in a similar way with the other workmen, as S. D. always conducted the mechanical part of the business himself. S. D. continues to manufacture Patent Systems of Rollers, for the reduction of Friction in Blocks, Sheaves, Pulleys, Grindstones, &c., and Machinery in general; and also his own invented superior Patent Castors, for Bedsteads and other furniture.
25, COLLEGE-STREET, Bristol.
N/B. S. D.'s name will appear on the Patent Articles of his manufacture.' [3]

1837 Advertisement: ' TO BE SOLD PRIVATE CONTRACT, Three very superior CRANES, made by Stephen J Dobbins and Co. recently erected at a cost of £50 each. Further particulars may be known at No. 17, Small-Street, Bristol. if by letter, post-paid.'[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Morning Post, 9 June 1827
  2. Birmingham Gazette, 17 May 1830
  3. Bristol Mercury, 5 April 1831
  4. Gloucester Journal, 6 May 1837