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Adam Parkinson

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Adam Parkinson (c1769-1823) machine maker

1785 The textile printing process using copper rollers, introduced in Britain by Thomas Bell, was improved by Parkinson. By keeping the rollers in register, Parkinson's improvement allowed the printing of up to six colours at once. Messrs Livesey, Hargreaves, Hall and Co., of Bamber Bridge, Preston, first used the system for the printing of calico in from two to six colours at a single operation[1]

1790s Adam Parkinson was working at Sutcliffe and Parkinson in Salford

1797 Listed as a machine maker, Bury Street, Salford [2]

1800 Had set up business as a machine maker at 28 Balloon Street

1808-9 Millwright and (calico) printing machine maker, Riga Street

1811 Printing machine maker, Riga Street

1812 Advertisement for the sale of the stock and utensils of a calico and fustian dyeing and printing concern at Walness Lodge, Pendleton and Agecroft, the property of Mr Norton, Walness Lodge. Items included a 'Capital water wheel' 12 ft 2" dia, 6 ft 7" wide, nearly new, made by Mr Adam Parkinson [3]

1813-5 William Fairbairn was employed as journeyman. Parkinsons made printing machines, and squeezers for bleachworks.

1823 Adam Parkinson Snr, machine maker of Manchester, died aged 54 [4].

1826 Adam Parkinson (Jnr), machine maker, married Ellen Bagnall [5]

1841 Adam Parkinson, son of the late Adam Parkinson, died 15th July age 36 [6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1]Wikipedia entry: Roller Printing on Textiles
  2. Scholes's Manchester & Salford Directory, 1797
  3. Manchester Mercury - Tuesday 20 October 1812
  4. The Lancaster Gazette and General Advertiser, 21 June 1823
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 16 September 1826
  6. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 24 July 1841
  • 'Science and technology in the Industrial Revolution' by Albert Edward Musson, Eric Robinson