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Adam Carlisle Bamlett

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Adam Carlisle Bamlett (1835-1912) of A. C. Bamlett

1912 Mr. Adam Carlisle Bamlett, who had gained a prominent reputation for his reaping and mowing machines. Mr. Bamlett died at his house at Sowerby, Thirsk, in North Yorkshire, at the age of seventy-six.

1912 Obituary [1]

ADAM CARLISLE BAMLETT was born at Great Smeaton, near Darlington, on 31st May 1835.

At about the age of twenty-five he went to Thirsk and commenced business in a small way as a maker of agricultural implements. By dint of continual experimenting, he so improved the construction of his various products that the business rapidly increased both at home and abroad, and he was rewarded with the success of his machines in competition at Agricultural Meetings and by the award of various medals at the Paris Exhibitions of 1878 and 1889 and at other exhibitions.

In addition to being the largest employer of labour in Thirsk, he was prominent in local affairs, being for many years a member of the Thirsk Rural Council and representing the town on the North Riding County Council. He was also chairman of the Sowerby Parish Council.

He had been in failing health for a considerable time, and his death took place at Sowerby on 10th January 1912, in his seventy-seventh year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1887; he was also a Member of the Iron and Steel Institute.

1912 Obituary [2]

ADAM CARLISLE BAMLETT died on January 10,1912, at his residence, Sowerby, Thirsk, aged seventy-six years. It is rather more than half a century since he laid the foundations of what developed into an important agricultural engineering business.

In 1854 he built some small workshops which gave employment to about a dozen men. His products had not been on the market long before they began to attract the attention of agriculturists, and they quickly came into considerable vogue. The works at Thirsk had to be extended in order to cope with the steadily increasing demand, and they were gradually developed until at the present time they give employment to over 200 men.

Of late years his attention was chiefly devoted to the various processes of tar-spraying and the laying of tar-macadams, and he established a plant of his own for the manufacture of material.

He was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and of the Sanitary Institute. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1877.

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