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Charles Bladen

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Charles Bladen (1829-1872)

1865 Charles Bladen, General Manager, Jarrow Iron Works, near Gateshead.[1]

1872 October 11th. Died.

1873 Obituary [2]

CHARLES BLADEN was born on 24th June 1829 at Wolverhampton, and learnt the trade of plate-mill roller at Messrs. Thorneycroft's works, where his father was manager.

At the age of twenty-five he took the management of the rolling mills at the Shelton Bar Iron Works, North Staffordshire, where he remained ten years; after which he laid down very extensive rolling mills for Messrs. Palmer Brothers at Jarrow-on-Tyne, and was general manager there for four years.

He was then engaged by Messrs. Hannay and Sons as head manager of the Blochairn Iron Works, Glasgow, and remained there for six years, during which time he enlarged the works to more than double their previous size.

Having been obliged by ill health to relinquish this position, he afterwards became the practical manager of new steel works at Newton, near Glasgow; but had been there only three months when a brief illness terminated his life on 11th October 1872 in the forty-fourth year of his age.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1865.

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