The Star Foundry

His involvement with The Star Foundry started in 1867 when he set-up the business in partnership his former brother-in-law John William Taylor and Edwin Cooke. No doubt, the idea behind investing in the business was to provide a convenient and reliable supply of components for his horticultural and heating business. Having decided to sell his horticultural and heating business, he obviously had no need further need to continue his partnership in The Star Foundry. There he withdrew from the partnership on 19th July, 1875, leaving John Taylor and Edwin Cook as the remaining partners[1]: –

NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership between the undersigned, Thomas Goode Messenger, John William Taylor, and Edwin Cook, in the trade or business of Iron and Brass Founders, at Loughborough, in the county of Leicester, under the firm or style of The Star Foundry Company, was this day dissolved by mutual consent, and in future the business will be carried on by the said John William Taylor and Edwin Cook, under the style of The Star Foundry Company, and the said Edwin Cook will pay and receive all debts owing from and to the said partnership in the regular course of trade.—Witness our hands this 19th day of July, 1875.

Thos. G. Messenger.
John Wm. Taylor.
Edwin Cook[2].

Whilst in the process of negotiating the purchase of the horticultural and heating business, Walter Burder was given the opportunity to buy into The Star Foundry[3] but for some unknown reason the opportunity was declined.


The Star Foundry, Loughborough

On 23rd August the following year[4], John William Taylor and Edwin Cook dissolved their partnership. Edwin Cook continued to run the business in his own right, up to his death in 1907, aged 67, when it was then taken over and run by his wife, Ellen.

The foundry continued working into the mid-1960s. The site is now occupied by a Post Office sorting office.



  1. The London Gazette, 23rd July 1875.

  2. It appears that Edwin Cooke variously spelt his surname either with or without an ‘e’.

  3. Letter from solicitors Deacon, Son and Rogers to Walter Burder, dated 11th August 1875; Leicestershire Record Office ref: DE2121-288-1-23.

  4. The London Gazette, 1st September 1876.