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Tasker and Fowle

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formerly the business of Robert Tasker

1809 Robert Tasker took over the forge owned by Thomas Maslen at Abbotts Ann, near Andover

1830 Machinery valued at £2,000 was demolished at Tasker's Waterloo Foundry at Upper Clatford in the 'Swing Riots'. 'Robert Tasker examined by Mr. Follett: I and my brother William are owners of a factory near Andover. We wrought in cast-iron. Our foundry is called the Waterloo foundry; it about two miles from Andover, in the parish of Upper Clatford. The principal machinery we use in making agricultural implements is a water-wheel, a pressing-machine, and lathes. The greater part of our work is done by hand; we employ a great many labourers.' Also mentions John Howell as foreman.[1]

1833 December. Robert Tasker retires. 'Waterloo Foundry, near Andover. Messrs. Robert and William Tasker respectfully announce to their friends and the public generally, that the PARTNERSHIP lately subsisting between them, as Iron Founders, etc etc. was DISSOLVED on the 31st of Dec. 1833, by the retirement of the said Robert Tasker altogether from the firm, and that the business will in future be carried on the said WILLIAM TASKER, in conjunction with Mr. GEORGE FOWLE, under the style or firm of Tasker and Fowle.'[2]

1839 My. Announcement. 'WATERLOO IRON WORKS, Near ANDOVER, Hants, and at NEWBURY, Berks. TASKER and FOWLE beg to return their sincere thanks, and express their gratitude to their Friends and the Public in general, for the very liberal support they have received since their commencement in business at Newbury; also beg to state that their late Foreman, Wm. Pinchin, is no longer their employ, nor authorised to transact any business for them. As usual they intend keeping regular STOCK of AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS the Newbury Iron-Works, and some person to attend the Market, to whom all orders given will meet with prompt attention. T. & F. also beg to inform their customers who attend Basingstoke Market, (and are yet unacquainted with it,) that they have removed their Store from the Feathers Inn to large Store they have taken in the adjoining Yard, the key of which is kept Mr. Butcher, Hatter.'[3]

1840 Tasker and Fowle' mentioned regarding a ploughshare [4]

1842 The works of Tasker and Fowle destroyed by fire. "It is satisfactory to notice that, in the course of the investigations as to the cause of the recent fire on the premises of Mr Tasker, of Clatford, it has been ascertained to have originated from the carelessness of one of the workmen, while smoking a pipe on the premises among a quantity of saw-dust...." [5][6]

1860 Tasker and Fowle mentioned regarding their plough at the South East Hants Agricultural Association [7]

The company became William Tasker and Sons

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Sources of Information

  1. London Courier and Evening Gazette - Thursday 23 December 1830
  2. Hampshire Chronicle - Monday 27 January 1834
  3. Reading Mercury - Saturday 04 May 1839
  4. The Northern Star and Leeds General Advertiser, Saturday, June 6, 1840
  5. The Bristol Mercury, Saturday, May 7, 1842
  6. Salisbury and Winchester Journal of 9 May 1842
  7. Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle etc, Saturday, October 20, 1860