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Widnes Foundry Co

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1883. Pipe factory.
December 1887.
1902 cast iron door frame on a central Manchester warehouse
Detail on the above
Cast iron railings on Mumbles Pier

of Widnes

1841 Company founded

1864 Patent. '1442. To Josiah Pemberton Williams and Thomas Robinson, of Widnes Foundry, Widnes Dock, near Warrington, in the county of Lancaster, for the invention of "improvements in annealing wire."'[1]

1905 The company was registered on 20 June, to take over the business of a private company of the same name. [2]

1922 Sales agency arrangements were terminated with George F. West and Co.[3]

1924 Three directors summoned for conspiring to defraud the Government. Samuel Robinson of Widnes, Samuel Strickland of Aigburth and James Herbert Rawson of Garston.[4]

1924 Company voluntary liquidation. Widnes Foundry Co.[5]

1925 The business became the Widnes Foundry (1925) Co. Ltd.

1936 Bought by the Sheffield company Thos. W. Ward Ltd., and constituted as a separate subsidiary undertaking under the style of Widnes Foundry and Engineering Co. Ltd.

1948 The company issued a brief history, and a link to a transcribed version is available online via the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre website.[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette Publication date:24 June 1864 Issue:22866 Page:3239
  2. 1908 The Stock Exchange Year Book
  3. The Engineer 1922/07/14
  4. Aberdeen Journal - Wednesday 23 July 1924
  5. The London Gazette Publication date:12 August 1924 Issue:32964 Page:6086
  6. [1] Catalyst Science Discovery Centre - Collections and Historical Documentation