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Thomas Spittle

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Thomas Spittle (1806-1881) of Cambrian Iron Foundry, Newport

1864 Thomas Spittle, Cambrian Iron Foundry, Newport, Monmouthshire.[1]

1881 November 19th. Died.[2]

1882 Obituary [3]

THOMAS SPITTLE was born at Netherton near Dudley on 5th January 1806; and died at his residence, Cambrian House, Maindee, near Newport, Monmouthshire, on 19th November 1881, in his seventy-sixth year.

While a young man he made his name known in connection with foundry work at Abersychan and other places in that district; and in 1849 he established the Cambrian Foundry and Engineering Works at Newport, which, through his perseverance and shrewd business qualities, are now amongst the largest works in the district, and have given continuous employment to a great number of workmen from the commencement.

A few years ago he made a very spirited start in iron shipbuilding, an industry new to South Wales; but the effort, proving rather in advance of the time, was discontinued after the construction of two ships; and the shipyard was utilised for the building of locomotives and for ordinary engineering work.

He was also associated in a colliery undertaking; but it was foundry work to which his energies were chiefly directed, and of which he was so thorough a master, achieving a high reputation for quality and workmanship in his productions. One of these was a convenient cask stand, made of three simple castings with a toothed segment and worm, for gradually tilting barrels as they become empty.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1864.

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Sources of Information

  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816