Friday, 30 March 2012

Where was the Phoenix Foundry Derby located?

Here is a tiny section from an old map of 1899. I have marked the Phoenix Foundry site in red so you can see where it was located. I have marked the River Derwent and the Derby Canal Phoenix arm in blue.
Compare this with the modern map below.
The Phoenix Foundry was located on an island known as Canary Island due to it being surounded by canals.
The Phoenix arm of the Derby Canal has a lock on it called Phoenix Flood Lock which you can see marked as Lock on the right side.

Click the map to view a larger version. Phoenix Foundry area marked in red.

A modern map of the same area as seen by Google Satellite Mapping.
I have marked on the area that equates to the Foundry site in red.

View Phoenix Foundry Company Limited Derby. J Haywood in a larger map

Phoenix Street in Derby was named after the Phoenix Foundry, Here is a photograph I took in March 2012 of the orignal Cast Iron Street Sign still in place today.
Phoenix Street Sign, Derby

Here is a photograph I took in March 2012 from the Cathedral Green area of Derby.
Those new appartments you can see across the River Derwent have been built on the
site of the former Phoenix Foundry :
Site of Phoenix Foundry Derby.

If you know of any items around the world that have the mark "Phoenix Foundry Derby" that I have not yet mapped out please get in touch with details.


Monday, 26 March 2012

Phoenix Foundry entry in Glover's Derby. Printed 1843.

Glover's Derby is a well known local reference book described in the front as "The History and Directory of the Borough of Derby, Intended as a  guide to strangers visiting the town".
By Stephen Glover, published in 1843.

This book has an entry for The Phoenix Foundry Derby as follows :

The Phœnix Foundry, Nottingham Road, Derby - Mr James Haywood the proprietor of these works, and a partner in the extensive ironmongery establishment in the Market Place, manufacturers stoves, kitchen ranges, Silvester's patent stoves for halls and churches, and other castings for ironmongers.Bridges, roofs, tanks. for railway columns, girders, palisading, and every description of ornamental castings, for architects and builders.

At these works were made the castings for the bridge over the Nottingham Road and other bridges on the North Midland Railway, also a large proportion of the iron work for the erection of the railway station at Derby, and whole of the girders, columns and other castings required in the building of the Royal Exchange, London.

The blog dedicated to the former "Phoenix Foundry Company Limited of Derby".

This is the first bog post on a dedicated blog to the former Foundry in Derby known as The Phoenix Foundry Company Limited Derby.
Established in 1834 by James Haywood on Stuart Street, Derby.
This company made lots of items around the world.

Some items produced by this foundry :
Battersea bridge, London 1890.
Stockport Market, Greater Manchester 1860.
Watson's Hotel (Esplanade Mansion), India 1869
Smithfield Market Hall, Manchester 1857
Derby Market Hall 1866.
Logovishtche Bridge, Twer, Russia 1871.
Hooe Lake Swing Bridge 1887
Burton on Trent Midland Railway Bridge 1881.
Borough market Halifax 1891.
Eastbourne Railway Station 1886.
Cork Kent Railway Station 1893.
Putney Railway Bridge 1889.
West Pier Pavillion Brighton 1893

James Haywood was the Mayor of Derby in 1849.

There were many foundries around the world with this name, the foundry I'm interested in is the one in Derby.

Items made at this foundry are distinctively marked PHŒNIX FOUNDRY DERBY. Note their name spelt with the O and E joined together.
Sometimes items are stamped  'J Haywood, Phoenix Foundry, Derby'.
If YOU find anything out there in the world that has the mark of this foundry that I have not yet plotted on my map then PLEASE contact me with details so I can add it.

The company was also called Phoenix Foundry and Engineering Company Limited of Derby.

I have created a dedicated group on Flickr for anyone to add in their photographs of items made at this foundry :
Flickr Group for Phoenix Foundry Derby.

I have created a map showing the locations of items made at this foundry or other items of note such as the location of the foundry :
Map location for The Phoenix Foundry Derby.