Iron Foundries in Torquay.
WHAT!!! Yes, very true, Torquay actually had a number of iron foundries, from the Victorian era right up to the mid 20th century.
This is an ongoing research project,
J. C. Stark & Co,(second half 19th century)- Street furniture, household equipment, kitchen ranges etc. ALSO 1 example known of a Steam engine made by Stark, in Black Country Museum in Dudley, West Midlands. later Beynon & Cox. Building still stands, is now a Yates Wine Bar in Swan St. just off Fleet Street.
T. L. Harding & Sons,- Street furniture, railings etc. was in Market Street
James Webber,- only known example are roof support pillars in Torquay Market (1850s)- a James Webber is listed in a directory of 1869/70 as being in Market Street and may have been the firm that T. L. Harding purchased,
Upton Foundry- J. J. Sheppard (--- to 1898), J. J. Toby & Sons (1898 to 1922) said to have also been the first motor engineers in Torquay, & G. E Hider & Son (1922 to , Street furniture, railings etc.
William Cole, - unknown listed in 1851 census as ironfounder, may have worked for one of the foundries rather than in his own right.If you can help with this research, please contact me- Terry Leaman