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Mexborough glass makers 1840
« on: April 21, 2008, 09:06:43 AM »
I am trying to track down the name of any glass manufacturers operating in Mexborough in the early 1840s (with no success so far).

A successful company was started there in 1850 (the Don Glass Bottle Works, which in 1869 led to the Barron's Phoenix Glass Works).  And in the 1860s Caleb Kilner opened a factory (the Providence Glass Works) in neighbouring Connisborough.

There are glass workers in Mexborough in the 1841 census, and people in those days walked to work.  Were they just working in small enterprises, or was there a major factory there in 1841?

Any help gratefully received!

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Re: Mexborough glass makers 1840
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2008, 11:29:51 AM »
Hi Sue

Thanks for the links - I'd already tried 3 of them, and sadly none refer to the pre-1850s factories.

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Re: Mexborough glass makers 1840
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2008, 12:39:08 PM »
Hi Alan, had another look around, but dont know if this is any good for you.
http://www.rotherhamunofficial.co.uk/history/tradeandindustry/glass.html


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Re: Mexborough glass makers 1840
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2008, 01:43:02 PM »
Alan, I had a scout through Baines' Yorkshire 1822 and there's no glassworks listed for Mexborough in the directory then - the book uses the older spelling of Mexbrough so that may help a little in your searches. The population is given at around 840 so it wasn't a big place at that time - perhaps this indicates that any glassworks were later than 1822. If you have a population figure from the 1841 census a significant increase would indicate more industry. I'll have a looksee if I have any other West Yorks early directories here.

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Re: Mexborough glass makers 1840
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2008, 04:45:24 PM »
Hi Anne

I've checked out the 1837 Rotherham area in White's Gazetteer, and only two Glass manufacturers are listed: Close & Clark at Catcliffe, and Beatsons in Rotherham.  Beatsons would be a 5 mile journey each way to and from work, and Catcliffe is even further, so I doubt that either fit the bill.  There were Glass Manufacturers in or near Mexborough some years later as I noted above, but none are evident in 1840.

To explain my interest, a certain William Thynn Gillinder is the glass worker who was living in Mexborough in 1841, with his elder brother Thomas (also a glass blower) and his family. They must both have worked somewhere!

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Re: Mexborough glass makers 1840
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2008, 05:09:49 PM »
Hi Allan, i dont see the problem of the glass works being five or six miles away, my nearest town is six miles away and i have walked it many times, as a matter of fact my son used to walk it twice a day when he worked for a time in the town.

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Re: Mexborough glass makers 1840
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2008, 05:48:56 PM »
Hi Alan, there's an entry on Curious Fox by someone looking for the same family names (Thynn Gillinder) http://www.curiousfox.com/history/durham_50.html - may be worth contacting them if you haven't already found them.

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Re: Mexborough glass makers 1840
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2008, 06:13:07 PM »
Hi Anne and Sue

Thanks for your further contributions.

I have been in touch with some of the distant Gillinder relatives, but not those you mention. Intriguingly, there are two people called William Gillender (or Gillinder - it seems to be optional), born in the same small part of the North East, one in 1820 and one in 1823. Both have fathers called William, and mothers with the maiden name Thynn - now is that a coincidence or what...! And it is not an error - they really are two different families - the other William Gillinder is a blacksmith.

I was not meaning to imply that 5 miles was physically too far to walk, but more that factories such as Baccarat , Val St Lambert and others wanted their workers right on their doorstep to call in at a moment's notice.  But if the Gillenders were just blowing bottles and so on out of tank glass that may not have been a problem.

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Re: Mexborough glass makers 1840
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