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Bourne, Bartley and Co

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Bourne, Bartley and Co of Mayor Street, Manchester were machinists between 1838 and 1840.

Possibly built a locomotive [1]

1839 Bourne, Bartley and Co advertised 'A locomotive for sale with six of their patent wheels, now undergoing a most satisfactory trial on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway' [2]

1840 January. Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership lately subsisting between us the undersigned, John Frederick Bourne, John Bartley the elder, and John Bartley the younger, carrying on business in Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, as Engineers, Millwrights, and Manufacturers of Patent Wrought Iron Wheels, under the firm of Bourne, Bartley, and Company, was this day dissolved by mutual consent...'[3]

1840 Advert: 'Lathes, High-pressure Steam Engines, Wrought-iron Locomotive Engine Wheels, and Patent Right for do ; Whitworth's Patent Taps and Dies, Tools, Counting-house Fixtures, &c.
By T. M. FISHER, (in consequence of a dissolution of partnership,) on Tuesday, the 17th day of March, 1840, on the premises in the occupation of Messrs. Bourne, Hartley, and Co., No. 33, Major-street, Portland-street, Manchester; sale to commence at ten o'clock in the forenoon (patent right to be sold at twelve o'clock;)
THE Valuable LATHES, TOOLS, and STOCK IN TRADE, comprising a 21-inch slide lathe, bed 25 feet long, with break to take in a five-feet locomotive engine wheel; 18-inch back-geared do; 13-inch slide lathe, with change gears for screw cutting; nine-inch single geered lathe; nine-inch back-geered lathes, with face plates, box chuck, dogs, &c. to each; new planing machine, eight feet long; Whitworth's patent taps and dies; smiths', turners', and filers' tools; files, steel, iron, timber, counting-house fixtures, four-horse high-pressure steam engine; wood patterns for locomotive engine and other work; pair five-feet patent wrought-iron locomotive engine wheels, extra strength; four sets of three-feet tender and carriage do. Also Bourne, Hartley, and Co's very valuable patent right, for wrought-iron locomotive engine, carriage, and other wheels, dated fifth September, 1838, for 14 years. These wheels have been running a considerable time on the Grand Junction. North Union, and Great Westorn Railways, and have been more approved of than any yet introduced.
May be viewed three days previous to the sale, and catalogues had on the premises; or from the Auctioneer, 5, Newall's Buildings, Market-street, Manchester.
Bourne, Bartley and Co have ON SALE by Private Contract, the "SAINT DAVID" Locomotive Passenger Train Engine, quite new, with 12-inch cylinders, five feet driving wheels, copper firebox, &c.' [4]

1841 Pigot & Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1841 does not link Bourne and Bailey as a company, but gives the following information: John Frederick Bourne, engineer, house 25 New York Street; John Bartley, engineer, house 37 Richmond Street

1841 May Their patent of 1838 for wheels offered for sale.[5]

1882 Footnote

The Liverpool Daily Courier, 2 Sept 1882 describes the discovery of a manuscript book full of information relating to the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The relevant paragraph reads as follows.

"The volume includes copies of a considerable number of official reports, bearing the initials 'E.W.' (Presumably Edward Wood - Ed) One of the earliest of these is addressed to Messrs. Bourne, Bartley, and Co. of Manchester, who seem to have inquired about the character of the work performed by an engine of theirs, the St. George. 'E.W.' made experiments in April, 1839, and details the results, which are hardly worth while repeating here, though the Manchester firm were doubtless rejoiced to learn that 'the engine has performed her work quite satisfactorily.'"

1903 Footnote - Article on the Haigh Foundry Co by Clement E. Stretton [6]

No. 31 was the first engine completed in the year 1839. It had a four-wheeled loading bogie, with unequal wheels, one pair being 3ft. 8in. diameter, and the other 2ft 10in., the "single” driving wheels being 5ft. diameter. This engine was built to the order of Messrs. Bourne, Bartley, and Company, and was intended to be sent to America, but ultimately Messrs. Bourne sold it to an English firm of railway contractors.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  2. 'The Railway Times' p.347 27 April 1839
  3. The London Gazette Publication date:24 January 1840 Issue:19817 Page:156
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 14 March 1840
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 01 May 1841
  6. Preston Herald - Wednesday 19 August 1903