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Ambrose Shardlow

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Ambrose Shardlow (1842-1894) of Ambrose Shardlow and Co

1881 Living at Talbot House, Ecclesfield: Ambrose Shardlow (age 39 born Staffordshire), Mechanical Engineer - 13 men and boys. With his wife Charlotte Shardlow (age 37 born Staveley) and their three children; Elizabeth Shardlow (age 7 born Sheffield); Mary E. Shardlow (age 5 born Sheffield); and Arthur T. Shardlow (age 3 born Sheffield). One servant.[1]


1894 Obituary [2]

AMBROSE SHARDLOW was born at Burton-on-Trent on 5th February 1842.

After being educated at Standard Hill Academy. Nottingham, he served his apprenticeship with Messrs. J. Oakes and Co., at the Alfreton Iron Works, Somercotes.

He was next employed in the Midland Railway locomotive works at Derby; and afterwards in the engineering works of Messrs. Fletcher and Co., Derby.

In 1867 he entered the service of Messrs. Manlove and Co. of Nottingham, who entrusted him with important work in various parts of the country, whereby he gained a wide experience which afterwards proved of much value.

In 1870 he commenced business as an engineer in Sheffield, where he soon gained a name for quality of work. His chief invention was a file-cutting machine, and his latest a machine for punching rasps.

His death took place at Sheffield on 29th October 1894, at the age of fifty-two.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1890.


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