Percival, Vickers & Co. Ltd : the archaeology of a 19th-Century Manchester flint glass works

Miller, IF ORCID: 2007, 'Percival, Vickers & Co. Ltd : the archaeology of a 19th-Century Manchester flint glass works' , Industrial Archaeology Review, 29 (1) , pp. 13-29.

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The Percival, Vickers & Co. Ltd glass works was amongst the largest glass manufactories in Manchester, and formed one of a regionally significant group of 19th-century glass works in the Ancoats district of the city. All of these works have since been demolished, and the paucity of surviving physical and documentary evidence is in stark contrast to the former importance of the city's glass-making industry. The Percival, Vickers site was recently subjected to a detailed archaeological investigation ahead of redevelopment, providing a unique opportunity to study the buried remains of a 19th-century glass works. In particular, variation in the design of the furnaces provided evidence for the technological development of the later 19th century, which has not otherwise been documented. Additionally, some 110kg of glass fragments recovered from the site furnished important evidence for the composition of 19th-century glass, although the results are beyond the scope of the present paper, which focuses on the documented history, structural, and technological elements of the site.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Industrial Archaeology Review
Publisher: Association for Industrial Archaeology
ISSN: 0309-0728
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Funders: Northern Group Ltd
Depositing User: Mr Ian Miller
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2019 09:06
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 02:27

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