Foundries in Poole, by David Warhurst

Foundries in Poole, by David Warhurst

Published privately by the author, 87 pages. A4 size Booklet (N7315)

​This booklet details the Foundries in Poole from about the 1800’s and records what still remains in Poole of the products manufactured from these foundries, such as drain and gully covers and lamp posts. It also gives an insight into the owners and their families and what life was like in Poole from the beginning of the industrial revolution right up to the modern day. The booklet is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs, drawings and maps.

From the introduction: All the Foundries in Poole from the 18th century to the 20th century were sited on land that belonged originally on the Canford Estate. The Guest family at Canford Manor acquired the manor estate in 1846 when Sir John Josiah Guest bought Canford Manor and some additional land for £335,000. They owned the largest iron foundry in the world at that time situated in Merthyr Tydfil, however they were not involved with any foundries in Poole. The Dowlais foundry in Merthyr was converted to steel manufacture and closed in the 1930's.

The Parkston mill in the Salterns area of Parkstone, was in existence in 1765 and the Ordnance Survey Map dated 1811 shows an Iron Mill on the site, but by 1844 it was just a Mill and mill pond and most probably just a water mill at that time. Another reference to a Foundry or Iron Works was 1813 when Waterloo Iron Foundry was allegedly established. This is interesting as the 'Battle of Waterloo' was 2 years later! (see Appendix 1.)

In the early 1800's many water mills throughout Britain added an iron works or foundry in conjunction with the mill. The water power was used for 'blowing engines' to feed air to iron forges for which it is considered that both Parkston Mill and Creekmoor Mill were used for this application. There is a reference to Creekmoor Iron Foundry in 1820 when the foundry was incorporated with the Mill and other foundries followed, the major ones were in the Old Town, West Quay Road and the Quay. They went under a variety of names such as Iron Works, Iron Foundry, Iron and Brass Works and Foundries, Engineers, some even at the same time!

The repeating theme of the Foundries in Poole was that after a period of time of successful trading most went bankrupt, with partnerships dissolved and their owners forced to sell. This is the story of events from their beginnings in 19th century to the closing of the last Poole foundry in 1986. This publication also reflects the life of owners of the foundries and their families, where they lived and their life styles, in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Many were involved in Poole's civic life serving in the post of Mayor, Sheriff, and JP's.
Contents include:

Parkstone Iron Mill
Creekmoor Iron Foundry
Waterloo Iron Foundry
Waterloo Iron Works
Poole Foundry - Pearce
Poole Foundry - Lewin
Munden and Stricklen Foundry
Dorset Iron Foundry Ltd
Rainey and Stephens Poole Foundry
Poole Foundry
Other foundries and suppliers in Poole

Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.