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Foundry Street, Round Foundry (Holbeck)
Colour image2011. View of Foundry Street showing part of the Round Foundry complex. This former engineering works was built in 1795-97 by James Fenton, Matthew Murray and David Wood with finance from William Lister. The firm of Fenton, Murray and Wood later became Fenton, Murray and Jackson. Matthew Murray in particular went on to great success as an engineer, producing the first commercially viable steam locomotive, the twin cylinder Salamanca, here in 1812. This was built for John Blenkinsop, manager of Middleton Colliery, utilising his rack and pinion system, and was used on the Middleton Railway, the world's oldest continuously working railway.
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Foundry Street, Round Foundry (Holbeck)
Colour image2011. View of part of the Round Foundry buildings showing a notice giving historical details about these former engineering works. This is said to be the site of the Rotunda, a four-storey round building erected in 1802 by the firm Fenton, Murray and Wood as a fitting-up shop for components produced in the Round Foundry, to which it gave its name. The Rotunda was destroyed by fire in 1875 and the firm of Smith, Beacock and Tannett, machine tool manufacturers, owners of the foundry at the time, constructed this present building on the site.
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Foundry Street, Round Foundry Media Centre (Holbeck)
Colour image2011. View shows the Round Foundry Media Centre, situated in part of the old Round Foundry complex on Foundry Street, originally the works of steam locomotive pioneer Matthew Murray. The Round Foundry Media Centre was the first phase of a £30 million redevelopment of Holbeck Urban Village and provides office space for creative and digital media companies. The project has won a number of architectural awards.
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Middleton Railway, Moor Road (Hunslet)
Colour image2005. View of construction work in progress at the historic Middleton Railway. It opened in September 1758 and is the world's oldest working railway. Originally, the coal from Middleton Colliery was pulled along a wagonway to the coal staith at Casson Close near Leeds Bridge. At this time the mines were owned by the Brandling family. In around 1808, John Blenkinsop took over and became involved in innovative work to introduce steam locomotives to Middleton Colliery. He patented a rack and pinion railway and it was tested when a steam engine was run on 12th August at the Round Foundry, (founded in 1795 by Fenton, Murray & Wood). Matthew Murry became famous for building the world's first successful steam engine which was subsequently employed by John Blenkinsop at Middleton Colliery from 1812.
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Round Foundry, Water Lane (Holbeck)
Colour image2011. View shows part of the Round Foundry buildings off Water Lane, the former engineering works of Fenton, Murray and Wood, noted for the production of the first commercially viable steam locomotive in 1812. A piece of machinery is displayed in the courtyard outside. The Round Foundry area is part of the Holbeck Urban Village regeneration project, which has produced new developments such as the Round Foundry Media Centre as well as the improvement of several buildings in the Round Foundry complex, 7 of which are listed including the Dry Sand Foundry, The Green Sand Foundry and 101 Water Lane.
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