The Riverside site



John Bradley & Co. was set up in 1802 as partnership between the Bradley and Foster families and this formed the basis of John Bradley & Co. until 1837 when James Foster acquired sole ownership, but the company continued to trade as John Bradley & Co. Even when the Stourbridge site was sold in 1919 the new owners traded as John Bradley and Co. (Stourbridge ) Ltd. In 1819 James Foster & John Urpeth Rastrick formed a separate partnership to operate alongside John Bradley & Co. and develop the manufacturing side of the business (steam locomotives, boilers, industrial equipment etc.). This partnership was dissolved by mutual consent in 1831 and the New Foundry absorbed into John Bradley & Co. (With thanks to Ian Williams)


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