Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Frederick Lister Croft

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Frederick Lister Croft (1857-1920) of Croft and Perkins and Crofts (Engineers)


1921 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK LISTER CROFT was born in Bradford On 30th September 1857.

He was educated at local schools, and commenced work in Bradford at an early age. With the exception of a short period in the United States, he spent the whole of his business career in that city.

At the age of twenty-nine he founded The Patent Pulley Co., Croft and Perkins, power transmission specialists, now styled Crofts (Engineers), Ltd., Thornbury, Bradford. The company commenced with the manufacturing of Mr. Croft's wrought-iron pulley, the original staff consisting of four men. The business grew very rapidly, and at his death the works covered ten acres and employed over 1,000 hands.

During his career he held many important offices, namely, President of the Bradford Engineering Employers' Federation, Chairman of the Engineering Section of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce, and he had been a Member of the City Council.

His death took place at Morecambe on 5th November 1920, at the age of sixty-three.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1903.



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