The Following was sent to us by Judith Hunt....
"I have attached a photo I found in my fathers possessions. I know it
is of men who worked in the office of D Adamsons . My father Harry
Helliwell is second on right in back row. He started as an apprentice
draftsman at the age of 14 and was the youngest amongst them. Sadly I do
not know anyone else's names but maybe someone's else's father or
grandfather is in the picture and can recognize them I am making a guess
that the photo could be around early 40's
Charlie (Charles Helliwell) also worked for Adamsons for 50 years as a
fitter and turner and on retirement received a gold watch engraved on
the back. This is still in the family today and working well. You do
not see this kind of farewell gift of thanks these days."
In 1851 Daniel Adamson established a small iron works in Newton, Cheshire,
expanding it a year later by building a new foundry called the Newton
Moor Iron Works on Muslin Street (now Talbot Road), between Hyde and Dukinfield.
He specialised in engine and boiler making, initially following designs
created by Hackworth, making and exporting the renowned "Manchester
Boilers". Adamson was able to experiment with the newfound wealth from
the worldwide export of these boilers which incorporated ring joints in
the form of his patented Anti-Collapsive Flange Seam. He was also one of
the pioneers of explosive forming used in the foundry process.
In 1872 he designed and built the Daniel Adamson and Co factory, a
new premises in Dukinfield next to Dewsnap Farm (off Dewsnap Lane), with
its entrance on Johnsonbrook Road. This new works was approximately
1,000 yards (910 m) from the old foundry but the site was large and had
enough spare land around it for any planned expansion.
He improved the design and manufacturing process (pioneering the use of steel and taking out 19 patents
in the process) over the 36 years he was involved with boiler and other
foundry manufacturing. When he died in 1890 the business employed some
Adamson's other business interests included a mill building company
in Hyde ('The Newton Moor Spinning Company'), the Yorkshire Steel and
Iron Works at Penistone, the Northern Lincolnshire Iron Company at Frodingham, and large share-holdings in iron works in Cumberland and south Wales.
Many Thanks, Judith and Wikipedia :)