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John Freeman and Copper Co

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John Freeman and Copper Co, of Swansea, also in Somerset (at Stanton Drew, Pensford, Bitton and Swinford Copper Mills)

1742 The Company was said to have been formed.

1764 The White Rock Copper Works company was re-formed as John Freeman and Copper Co

1785 John Freeman (presumably) and others took a lease of the White Rock works

1796 Lease for 21 years, on Surrender of Lease dated 20 Aug. 1785 to John Freeman of Letton, Hereford, Samuel Munckley, Richard Bright, Levi Ames, William Delpratt and Thomas Sims, all of Bristol, merchants. Buildings, furnaces and smelting houses called White Rock copper and (brass) works[1].

1818 Levi Ames, Richard Bright, William Delpratt, William Dighton, Joseph Blisset, Jerh. Ames, Evan Baillie, Thos. Daniel and Edward Protheroe, all of Bristol, merchants (surviving partners of John Freeman late of Letton, and Lowbridge Bright late of Bristol) trading as the White Rock Company gave up the lease to land for coal mining[2].

1851 Charles Blisset, a great-grandson of the original John Freeman, brought a case disputing his expulsion from the partnership in the firm John Freeman and Copper Co. and the valuation of partnership property.

c.1870 The company survived at Swansea in reduced form until about 1870.

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Sources of Information

  1. West Glamorgan Archives [1]
  2. West Glamorgan Archives [2]
  • National Archives [3]