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Anvil patent was granted to my Dudley great, great uncle

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

The Victorian anvil

The Victorian anvil

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I CAN answer the points raised by Allan Meddings concerning the anvil shown in the photograph he submitted to the Black Country Bugle (May 8 edition).

The patent for this product to be cast in one piece was granted to my great, great uncle, Peter Wright in 1852, the 15th year of the reign of Queen Victoria.

I have a copy of the patent document which was in Birmingham Central Library.

There was an accompanying drawing and what was detailed on the drawing is exactly what you see on the photograph.

It has never been bettered and has stood the test of time.

Peter Wright was an ironmaster who had his own foundry situated in Constitution Hill, Dudley, off Dixon's Green. Part of this building is still standing.

His house was in Dixon's Green and is now an architects' office. The RAF Association house next door was his son's, Edwin Wright.

An interesting point about Allan Meddings' surname.

My great, great grandmother was married to Joseph Wright, Peter's brother. Her maiden name was Meddings.

This surname has long since disappeared and I can only put it down to dialects and illiteracy in years gone by.

I did find a Meddens in the London telephone directory but it turned out that the person was of German nationality but said it was a common surname in N.W. Germany and Denmark.

W.G.A. Deeley,

128 Ridgacre Lane,

Quinton.

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