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12 August 1856

"England - Am 13. d. brannte die großartige Pianoforte-Fabrik von Broawood in London ab, nachdem eben die darin beschäftigten 420 Arbeiter die Gebäude verlassen hatten. Der Schaden ist nngchener; man schäzt ihn auf 3 bis 3 1/2 Millionen Franken. An 1000 Pianos, in mehr oder weniger fertigem Zustande, sind verloren." Thuner Wochenblatt, 20/08/1856, p. 2 (e-newspaperarchives.ch)

Fire at Broadwood and Sons.

"We cannot remember a more general demonstration of sympathy than that which has accompanied the destruction of Messrs. Broadwood's premises at Westminster.

Everybody without exception appears sorry for it, just as if everybody felt something like a personal interest in the welfare of those great and enterprising factors.

Under these circumstances we are glad to be able to assure our readers that the loss sustained by the Messrs. Broadwood, although very serious, will not impede in the slightest degree the business of the establishment. Of course it must take some time to build up again; but meanwhile there is such an enormous quantity of finished stock in the various warehouses belonging to the firm, that supply will be as ready to demand as if no fire had happened at all.

Luckily, too, Messrs. Broadwood did not keep all their seasoned wood iu one locality; and they have in hand even a larger collection of this valuable material than that which was consumed by the flames.

Thus it may be perceived that, terrible as was the calamity, it can only be the means, thanks to the extraordinary resources of the house, of temporarily arresting the process of manufacture in the workshops of Horseferry-road.

The western range of shops, which was preserved uninjured, is so full of instruments, finished and in progress, whole or in separate parts, and so crammed with stacks of wood of all descriptions, that for the present it can only be used as a depot — there being positively no room for the men. For a time, then, the chief sufferers must be the workmen — who have lost their tools, and who, if they could obtain employment elsewhere than at Messrs. Broadwood's in the interval, would still be unable to avail themselves of their good fortune for want of those indispensable implements, which are never supplied by masters, but are, as it were, the entire stock in trade of the artisans.

Their case, then, is worthy of all commiseration, and we are glad to find that sympathy has been very generally excited in their favour. We hinted in our, last at a public subscription; and since then a subscription has been definitively set on foot, under the auspices of the men themselves, who have formed into a committee, with two of the ablest and most intelligent of their body (Messrs. Hipkins and Trail) as chairman and secretary.

Further particulars may be learned from our advertising columns, where our readers will see with pleasure, though hardly with surprise, that the Messrs. Broadwood, notwith standing their own heavy loss, have intimated their intention to head the subscription by a liberal contribution. But this is only of a piece with the munificence for which the house of Broadwood has been notorious in the three generations which have successively conducted its affairs, and risen with its greatness and prosperity. [...]" The Musical World, 23/08/1856, p. 536

"The Fire At Messrs. Broadwood's. — In consequence of the very general sympathy expressed for the workmen whose tools were destroyed by the recent conflagration in Horseferry-road, and the generous offers of assistance that have come in from all quarters, a committee has been formed among the workmen themselves, to receive subscriptions through the medium of one of the London banks. Only a few were insured, and they for not more than £10 each — about a seventh part of the value of their loss.

The case is a hard one, since the poor fellows are not merely deprived of their working implements, but should those be replaced must necessarily want employment until the factory of the Messrs. Broadwood is rebuilt, since in the one range of buildings remaining there is not room enough for the valuable materials that have been saved from the flames, much less for mechanics and carpenters.

Well-wishers to the Messrs. Broadwood will be glad to learn that the fire which has laid the greater part of their workshops in ruins will not interfere with the business of the firm, even for a day, owing to the immense quantity of stock on hand. — Times." The Musical World, 23/08/1856, p. 537

"JOHN BROADWOOD AND SONS beg to express their gratitude for the numerous proofs of sympathy elicited by the recent destruction by fire of a portion of their Westminster Manufactory.

They take this opportunity of acquainting their friends that their large stock of Finished Instruments enables tbem to continue to execute orders with accustomed promptitude.

In reliance on the continuance of the kind patronage they have so long enjoyed, John Broadwood and Sons are taking measures for reorganising their Manufactory on the most approved footing.

FIRE at. Messrs. JOHN BROADWOOD and SONS, Pianoforte Manufactory, Ilorseferry-road, Westminster.

— The nobility, gently, aud those fri'nds who have *o promptly expressed their generous sympathy towards the sufferers by the above calamity, are respectfully informed that the London and Westminster Bank, at its several branches in Loudon, and the principal music-sellers in tho United Kintrdom, have kindly consented to receive INSCRIPTIONS on behalf of the WORKMEN who lost their tools.

The Messrs. Broadwood, notwithstanding their heavy loss, have already signified their intention of contributiug liberally.
On behalf of tho Committee of Workmen, JAMES HIPKINS, Chairman." The Musical World, 23/08/1856, p. 529

"FIRE at Messrs. JOHN BROADWOOD and SONS' Pianoforte Manufactory, Horseferry-road, Westminster.

— The nobility, gentry, aud those friends who have bo promptly expressed their generous sympathy towards the sufferers by the above calamity, are respectfully informed that the London and Westminster Bank, at its several branches in London, and the principal music-sellers in the United Kingdom, have kindly consented to receive SUBSCRIPTIONS on behalf of the WORKMEN who lost their tools.

For the Committee of Workmen,

JAMES HIPKINS, Chairman C. TRAIL, Secretary. Communications addressed to Mr. J. C. Webster, at Messrs. John Broadwood and Sons, 38, Great Pulteney-street, Golden-Square, who has kindly undertaken the office of Treasurer, will be immediately attended to The Committee thankfully acknowledge the rocciut of the following Subscriptions : —

Messrs. Broadwood and Sons 200 0 0

John Chambers, Esq., Lee, Kent 105 0 0

Robert Pryor, Esq., Troisarag, Pitlochrio 100 0 0

Messrs. Webster and Horsfall, Ponns 58 10 0

The Right Hon. the Earl Manvcrs 21 0 0

The Right Hon. the Countess of Falmouth S 0 0

Lord Robert Grosvenor  5 0 0

Lady Robert and Miss Grosvenor 21 0 0

Servants at Lord Robert Qrosvenor's, Moor-park .. 14 0

Clerks and Foremen at Messrs. Broadwood and Sons' .. 90 0 0

Thos. Chappell, Esq., New Bond-street 20 0 0

John Reid, Esq., Baker-street 20 0 0

Sir Charles Mansfied; Clarke, bt. 10 10 0

Messrs Milsom and Son, Bath 5 0 0

Mr. Wm. Finlayson, Cheltenham 5 0 0

Mr. F. Moutrie, Baker-street 2 2 0

George Gray, Esq., Denbigh-pi. 1 1 0

Mr. Dowllng .. .. .. 0 2 6

[...][...]" The Musical World, 30/08/1856, p. 559

"England. Vorletzten Mittwoch brannte die großartige Pianofortefabrik von Broadwood in London ab, nachdem eben die darin beschäftigten 420 Arbeiter die Gebäude verlassen hatten. Der Schade ist ungeheuer; man schätze ihn von 2 ½—4 Mill. Franken. An tausend Piano's in mehr oder weniger fertigem Zustande sind verloren." Neue Zuger Zeitung, 23/08/1856, p. 138 (e-newspaperarchives.ch)

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