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John Ashbury

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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 [1]

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' [2]

1860 Employing 1,700 hands [3]

1862 Patent for improvements in the permanent way of railways.[4]

1863 The Ashbury works took limited liability as the Ashbury Railway Carriage and Iron Co

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Times - Saturday 27 April 1844
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 05 April 1848
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 01 September 1860
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 04 October 1862