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Frederick Ryland

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Frederick Ryland (1845-1899)

1866 Joined Archibald Kenrick and Sons

1866 Frederick Ryland, Spon Lane Works, West Bromwich.[1]

1868 Production management was delegated to Frederick Ryland, the first non-family manager employed in the firm.

1883 Became a director of the firm


1899 Obituary [2]

Frederick Ryland was born in Birmingham on 28th March 1845, being the eldest son of Mr. William Ryland, who for many years was manager of Messrs. Elkington and Co.'s electro-plating works.

On leaving school he was apprenticed in 1861 to the engineering firm of Messrs. May and Mountain, Suffolk Works, Birmingham; from whom in 1866 he went as engineering assistant to the works of Messrs. Archibald Kenrick and Sons, hardware manufacturers, Spon Lane, West Bromwich.

In 1883, when this business was formed into a company, he became a director. He was a magistrate of West Bromwich, and took an active interest in the welfare of the educational and charitable institutions of the town.

His death took place on 11th February 1899 at the age of fifty-three, after four months' illness resulting from an attack of influenza.

He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1866, and a Member in 1869.


1899 Obituary [3]

FREDERICK RYLAND died on February 11, at his residence, Baskerville House, Court Oak Road, Harborne, Birmingham, at the age of fifty-four years.

He was apprenticed to Messrs. May & Mountain, and on completing his term he went to Messrs. Archibald Kenrick & Company, Limited, of West Bromwich, where he remained throughout the rest of his life. On the company being converted into a limited liability undertaking he became a director, and later on shared the managing directorship with Mr. G. Kenrick. He took a prominent part in educational and charitable work. He was one of the founders of the West Bromwich Institute. He also took much interest in the school of art and design in connection with the Institute.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1890.


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