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Seedley Printing Co

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of Seedley, Salford

1881 'NEGLECTING TO FENCE MACHINERY AT PENDLETON. To-day, at the Salford Police Court, before Mr. Makinson, the stipendiary, the Seedley Printing Company, Pendleton, were summoned by Mr. C. C. W. Hoare, Government Inspector of Factories, for neglecting to securely fence a shaft in their works, whereby a young person was killed the 30th November last.— Mr. W. Cobbett appeared for the defendants.— The summons was taken out under the section of the Factory Act, 1878, which states that every part of a mill gearing shall either be securely fenced or be in such a position or of such construction as to equally safe to every person employed in the factory or works, as it would be if securely fenced. On the day named a lad named George Gerrard was injured at the defendants' works and died a few days afterwards. Mr. Hoare subsequently visited the place and found that a shaft where the boy had received his injuries was not fenced.— Mr. Cobbett, for defence, said the shaft was in a portion of the works which was seldom used, and that the lad had no business whatever to go near it for the purposes of his employers. He had climbed up a water pipe near the shaft for the purpose of hiding his tea can. The pipe gave way, and he came into contact with the revolving shaft, and thus met his death.— Mr. Hoare said that under the act a fine not exceeding £100 could be imposed, and any part of it might be applied to the injured party or his or her family, otherwise as the Secretary of State might think fit.— Mr. Makinson said that under the circumstances he did not think a heavy fine ought to be imposed, and ordered the defendants to pay 40s. and costs.'[1]

1887 'LOCAL FAILURE. A receiving order was yesterday made by the Manchester County-court, under a petition filed by Messrs. Crofton and Craven, solicitors, on behalf of Robert Goulden and John Hody James, trading in copartnership, as calico printers, under the firm of the Seedley Printing Company, Seedley and Manchester.'[2]

Note: Robert Goulden was the father of Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Evening News - Thursday 20 January 1881
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 9 March 1887