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Charles Scriven

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Charles Scriven (1848-1909) of Scriven and Co

1848 Born in Pontefract on 16 April, son of James and Mary Anne Scriven; James was a cabinet maker[1]


1909 Obituary [2]

CHARLES SCRIVEN was born at Pontefract on 18th April 1847, and received his education at the Grammar School of that town.

In early life he went to Leeds to serve his apprenticeship with the firm of Woodhead, Scriven, and Holdsworth, machine-tool makers, Leeds Old Foundry.

Later he entered the drawing office and became successively chief draughtsman, traveller, and manager of the business which had by that time become the sole property of his uncle, trading as Scriven and Co.

This position he held for many years, until he was appointed works manager for Messrs. Smith, Beacock, and Tannett, of Victoria Foundry, Leeds. When the latter firm was about to wind up, he bought the works of Messrs. Scriven and Co., and remained sole proprietor until 1907, when his two elder sons were taken into partnership. The latter are now carrying on the business.

He was closely in touch with all the rapid developments of the early years of building iron and steel ships, and was wholly or jointly responsible for several inventions, notably a plate-straightening machine, an angle-bar planing machine, section and notching shears for shipbuilders, etc.

He was one of the founders of the Leeds Association of Engineers, which was a pioneer of many similar societies in the engineering trade.

Having been in failing health for some months, his death took place at his residence in Leeds on 9th January 1909, in his sixty-second year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1890.


Obituary 1909 [3]

. . . senior partner of the firm of Scriven and Co, of Leeds, . . [more]



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