1843, an advert which included a description of
the buildings and mines appeared in the
Wolverhampton Chronicle. The buildings and
machines etc. were described as follows:
The mines of coal and ironstone may be worked, if required, at royalties, which
would enable the holder to make pig iron at
profit, and to compete with the productions of
Wales and Scotland.
The works consist of two cold blast
furnaces, worked by a powerful engine
manufactured by Boulton and Watt, which blows,
in addition, two refineries, three cupolas, and
all the smiths' fires, which are numerous.
There are also three Air Furnaces. The stoves
are of various sizes, and the cranes so arranged
to command the range of the whole foundry, which
is on a large scale, and capable of turning out
from 100 to 150 tons of castings per week.
The pattern shop and store rooms are large
and commodious, and the fitting-up shops, lathe,
and planing machine shops and erecting sheds are
very conveniently arranged.
The smiths' shop is large and airy, and the
boiler yard is everything that could be desired.
All the premises are lighted with gas, the house
containing eight retorts, and the purifiers,
gasholder, and fittings being quite complete.
The wharfs, sheds, cranes, weighing machines,
stables, drawing offices, clerks' offices, etc.
are conveniently placed among the works.
The machinery, which is of the very best
description consists of a water wheel, with a
good supply to which a steam engine is attached,
in case of need. This power drives the boring
bars, roll-turning slide lathes, drilling
machines, and planing machines, one of which is
capable of planing a surface of about 20 feet by
ten. In the boiler yard there is a small engine,
which drives the punching, shearing, and reaming
machines. There is also a good horizontal steam
engine in the new lathe shop, which works a
large and magnificent lathe, also other lathes,
slotting machines, etc.
And there is a large and commodious house,
with suitable out-offices, for partner or
manager. In fact, the Horseley Works are too
well known to need any comment, and being now
disencumbered of a heavy and unprofitable stock,
a most favourable opportunity presents itself
for the employment of capital, with every
prospect of realizing a good income.
On 14th February, 1844 an advert for
the sale of Horseley Iron Works to ironmasters,
manufacturers, ironfounders, engineers,
and others by public auction without a reserve
price, on the 18th and 19th of March. It was put
in the newspaper by Thomas Danks of Dudley.
The description includes the following
The whole of the truly valuable and important
machinery, engines, cranes, forge mill, and
engine patterns, gasometer, etc. at
those celebrated works known as the Horseley
Iron Works, Tipton.
The machinery, engines, etc.
comprise a 20 horse horizontal high-pressure
engine, cylinder, 17 in. diameter, three feet
stroke, with one boiler, and the whole of its
A large face-plate lathe,
capable of turning 20 feet diameter, with planed
iron beds; one single and two double-sliding
rests, driving apparatus, etc. complete.
and Company drilling machine, with double iron
planed beds, 14 feet long, each intended to bore
beams, cranks, etc.
A powerful slotting machine, with circular
and single-slide motion driving apparatus, by
Sharp, Roberts, and Company.
Slide lathe, 18 feet bed, with single and
double-slide rests, face-plates, chucks, steady
and change wheels for screw cutting.
Blast engine, cylinder
42 inches diameter, 8-feet stroke, with three
boilers, blowing apparatus, etc. complete.
Ten horse portable bright engine, without
boiler, which has been used for winding up the
materials to furnaces, and is nearly new.
house engine, cylinder 14 inches diameter.
Large and powerful planing machines, with the
driving apparatus complete, by Sharp, Roberts
Boring and turning mills; drilling machines;
punching engines; loam and blacking mills;
double and single weighing machines; drilling and
screwing machines, travelling
winches, with ratchet tramways, etc. for moving
and lifting heavy weights; large and
double-sided iron foundry cranes of immense
power, with double gears, blocks and chain
complete; a very large and power wood wharf
crane with iron column, gear, and chain
complete, capable of lifting 20 tons; small
portable iron cranes, etc.; together with an
immense quantity of other valuable machinery.
Also the valuable engine, mill and forge, wood
patterns, the whole of the immense ranges of
shopping sheds etc. all of which will be sold to
be removed from the premises.
1. A wharfinger was
the operator or manager of a
The advert includes the following description
of some of the factory buildings, plant and
An immense range of fitting and workshops,
which are fitted up with work benches, vices,
etc.; extensive warehouses and sheds,
pipe-proving machine, stables, most convenient
and extensive offices, which are fitted up with
every convenience; furnace and foundry wharfs
and yards; also very large inner yard for
engineering purposes, surrounded by workshops
and warehouses, with large entrance
folding-doors. In the centre of the works is a
gasometer for making gas for lighting the whole
premises. The whole of these extensive works are
enclosed by a wall, excepting such parts as are
bounded by the canal, and are capable of any
extent of business, either in the foundry or
engineering departments, and are most complete
in all respects, and may be put in full operation
in few days.
There will also be included in this sale the
Horseley House, which is in every way fit for
the residence of principal manager. It comprises
dining, drawing, and breakfast rooms, kitchens,
entrance hall, numerous bedrooms, ale and wine
cellars. Garden, vinery, and pleasure grounds,
stables and coach houses, and about fourteen
acres of meadow land. The approach by a handsome
carriage drive from the main road leading from
Tipton to Walsall, etc.
The whole of the said works, house, land, and
premises, are held for a term of 21 years from
the 25th day of March, (determinable at the
option of the lessee at the end of the first
seven or fourteen years), at the low rent of per
The whole of the said works, house land, and
premises will be offered for sale in the first
instance as an entirety, and if not sold, the
foundries, with the house and land, will then be
put up separately, and if the same shall be
sold, the machinery, engines, shop fittings, and
erections belonging to the engineering
department, will be sold by auction, on the
premises, on the 8th day of December next, in
For further information apply to William
Wills, Esq., Solicitor, Waterloo Street,
Birmingham; Samuel Dalton, Esq., Solicitor.
Dudley; or to the Auctioneer.