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Bordesley Steel Co

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1829 James Watt the younger leased the French Wall's works to the Bordesley Steel Co[1].

Mid 1830s Watt took the French Walls Works back into his own hands[2].

1839 Listed at 21 Waterloo Street[3], Birmingham: [4]

1839 Bordesley Steel Co, French Walls Iron and Steel Works, (Manager) H. Downing, Smethwick

  • and at the Crown Forge, Smethwick,
  • also at 21 Waterloo St, Birmingham
  • and New Park Gate Rotherham[4]. Henry Downing was also acting director of Birmingham Tin Plate Co with offices at 21 Waterloo St.

1839 Others at 21 Waterloo St[4]:

  • Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway Office, Kell Thos Secretary
  • Wheeler W.D. Solicitor

1849 Advert by Peyton and Harlow of Bordesley works.

1851 Co-partnership between Richard Peyton, Jonathan Harlow and Edward Peyton, all of Bordesley Works, Aston, bedstead manufacturers[5].

1867 Mr Frank Peyton, of the firm Peyton and Peyton reported as being of Bordesley Iron Works, was fined £4 for smoking on the North Eastern Railway[6].

1884 Registration at the Bankruptcy Court of Edward Peyton, a metallic bedstead manufacturer of Queen Victoria St and Holborn Viaduct, also of the Bordesley Iron Works, also of Manchester and Liverpool and elsewhere trading as Peyton and Peyton and under other styles. Application registered for the liquidation of the estate[7]. In another, more detailed report the address was given as Bordesley Works, High Street, Bordesley[8].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Victoria County History, History of the County of Stafford: Volume 17: Offlow hundred (part)
  2. Victoria County History, History of the County of Stafford: Volume 17: Offlow hundred (part)
  3. also listed at this address: W.D. Wheeler solicitor
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 1839 Robson's Birmingham & Sheffield Directory
  5. National Archives, papers of Beale and Co., solicitors
  6. York Herald, November 02, 1867
  7. Daily News, March 8, 1884
  8. The Standard 10 March 1884

Notes: According to the National Archive, concerning papers in the Birmingham City Archives on the firm of Beale and Co. solicitors:

  • In late 1820s the firm was founded by Thomas Colmore, attorney
  • 1830 attorney at 41 New Street
  • 1835 11 New Street
  • by 1842 he had taken into partnership William John Beale, to whom he may have been distantly related, and the firm was practising at 20 Waterloo Street.
  • By 1845 the firm was at 30 Waterloo Street
  • Thomas Colmore retired in the late 1850s and William Beale took into partnership James Marigold, the firm becoming Beale & Marigold
  • by 1866, when the firm was known as Beale, Marigold & Beale, two of William Beale's sons, James Samuel and Charles Gabriel, had joined the practice.
  • 1881, moved to 3 Newhall Street.