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W Higgins & Sons of King Street Iron Works, King Street, Salford
Successors to Cocker and Higgins
Textile machinery makers
1850 Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1850 lists the company as cotton spinners, Ordsal Lane, and machine makers, King Street. Home addresses: William: Tetlow Fold; James: 4 Adelphi Terrace; John: Merrion Place, Higher Broughton
1863 William Higgins & Sons of King Street listed as machine makers. Home addresses: Henry: Moreton House, Vine Street, Kersal Vale; James: Stocks House, York St, Cheetham Hill Road; John: Mount House, Tetlow Fold.
1870 'The second mill of the Satsuma domain, known as the Sakai cotton mill (SAKAI BOSEKISYO), began operation at Sakai, near Osaka. The spinning machinery in this mill was imported from England and was comprised of 4 twist mules with 2,000 spindles with the incomplete preparing machinery. These were manufactured by the William Higgins & Sons Co., of Salford near Manchester.' 
1873 The third mill (KASHIMA BOSEKISYO) 'was opened in 1873 by a cotton cloth merchant named Mr. Manpei Kasima at Takinogawa near Tokyo. The machinery included 4 sets of ring frames with 576 spindles which were manufactured by the William Higgins & Sons Co.'
1881 Winding-up petition presented (Wm Higgins & Sons, King Street Iron Works) 
King Street Iron Works