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Thompson and Cole

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Thompson & Cole of Hope Foundry, St George's Street, Little Bolton

1833 formerly Thompson, Swift and Cole

Built five locomotives. [1]

Maker of stationary engines. [2]

1845 Single cylinder beam engine for Thomas Appleton and Co, Horrabin Mills, Turton. This was an ornate engine, scrapped after the mills closed in 1938. [3]

1856 'According to the Valparaiso Mercurio, a fatal boiler explosion took place at the steam-planing establishment of Messrs. Thompson and Cole, at Calle Chacabuco, owing to which the building was destroyed and four lives lost. Two of the persons who lost their lives were William Martindale, an Englishman, and Mr. Cole, the partner of the firm.'[4] Was this an overseas outpost, or a different firm?

Succeeded by W. and J. Cole

The Hope Foundry building has survived and been converted into flats [5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. * British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  2. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  3. ‘Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Volume 3.2: Lancashire’ by George Watkins: Landmark Publishing Ltd.
  4. Liverpool Daily Post, Friday 7 March 1856
  5. [1] Geograph website: 2012 photo of former Hope Foundry