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Originally in Commercial Street, Knott Mill, Manchester
1837 Founded by John Ashbury (1806-1866) at Knott Mill, Manchester
1844 April. Fire at Knott Mill 
1847 The Ashbury works moved to Ashton Old Road, Openshaw, south Manchester
1848. Patent. 'Sealed 11th March - John Ashbury, of Openshaw, near Manchester, railway carriage builder, for certain improvements in the construction and manufacture of wheels for use upon railways and common roads, and in the methods of preparing and constructing the tyres used thereon' 
1860 Employing 1,700 hands 
1862 Patent for improvements in the permanent way of railways.
1863 The Ashbury works took limited liability as the Ashbury Railway Carriage and Iron Co