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Blake Brothers Foundry

The Blake Brothers had a foundry up in the crofts making various items sold in their shop on the corner of Station Street.

Many of the items they made were used in and around the town. They also reputedly produced a massive kettle used for a tea party which was held when the Railway first came to Ross.

Further information on the party can be found here.

Blakes work in Ross
The site of the Blake Brothers workshop in Station Street
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Blakes work in Ross
An example of the Blake Brothers work in New Street
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The Blake Brothers work can be found all around the town but there are very few 'doubles' making each item almost unique.

This is an example of a Blake tap or stopcock cover.

Unfortunately, this cover has recently (circa 1-7-06) been replaced by a modern alternative.


This is an example of a drain grating produced by the Blake Brothers that can be found in the Blakes Memorial Garden.

Blakes work in Ross
An example of the Blake Brothers work in Blakes Memorial Garden
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Blakes work in Ross
An example of the Blake Brothers work in Station Street
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This is an example of a man hole or culvert cover produced by the Blake Brothers that can be found on Station Street.


Here we see a cast wheel badged "Blake Bros Ross", possibly off something like a sack truck or something similar. This one was found in a local cellar.

A wheel made by Blakes
A wheel found in a local cellar
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Roller

Back view of the Blakes roller
Back view of the roller
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Front view of the Blakes roller
Front view of the roller
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Side view of the Blakes roller
Side view of the roller
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This is a roller that was manufactured by Blakes Foundry and it is currently down at the sports fields just off Wilton Road.

The roller consists of three wheels and a frame to support them and allow it to be pulled along.


Other examples of Blake Brothers work

Other examples of Blake's work around the town.

Kyrle Street
Blakes work in Kyrle Street
An example of a Blake Brothers gully as seen in Kyrle Street

Old Gloucester Road

Cantilupe Road

St. Marys Street

Church Street

Henry Street

High Street

Edde Cross Street

At the top of Edde Cross Street this good example of a Blake drain grating can be seen and further down is a pavement gully.

Blakes work in Edde Cross Street (09-05)
Blakes drain grating
Blakes drain channel (11-08-06)
Blakes rain channel

Greytree Road

On Greytree Road are several suspect examples but they are very badly worn and unidentifiable.

Blakes grating in Greytree Road (28-05-07)
Blakes drain grating

Blake Memorial Garden

In the Blake Memorial Garden there is a 2nd example of a drain grating.

Blakes grating in Blake Memorial Garden (22-12-08)
Blakes drain grating


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