John Brogden and Sons
was a firm of Railway Contractors, Iron and Coal Miners and Iron Smelters operating from roughly 1837 to the bankruptcy in 1883. However the business essentially started when John Brogden
moved from his father's farm near Clitheroe
to set up in business in the rapidly expanding Manchester
(not yet a city). In 1832 he successfully tendered for a contract with the local authority (the Bororeeve) to undertake the cleansing and watering of Manchester. Around this time he obtained a similar contract in London
. In 1843, as a partner of Joseph Whitworth
(later Sir Joseph), he contracted to sweep the streets of Manchester with Whitworth's patent machines. They undertook a similar contract in Westminster
. In 1844 Brogden moved to London because the focus of his interests lay there.
Many Brogden contracts were financed and supported by Samuel Brooks
of Cunliffe, Brooks & Co.
They became acquainted during early life in North Lancashire
and this relationship was renewed in Manchester. Brooks was vice-chairman of the Manchester and Leeds Railway
so he was also well placed to help Brogden gain his first railway contracts.
First Railway Contracts
When the Manchester and Leeds Railway
was being planned, Brogden secured contracts to build the... Read More