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George Dove

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George Dove (1817-c1906) of Cowans, Sheldon and Co

1857 of Walker Iron Works, Newcastle.[1]


1906 Obituary [2]

GEORGE DOVE was born at Derwenthaugh, Co. Durham, on 3rd March 1817.

In 1830 he became an apprentice at Messrs. R. and W. Hawthorn's Works, Newcastle-on-Tyne, and on the completion of his term he entered the drawing-office of Messrs. Hawks, Thompson and Co., of Gateshead, and later became manager for Messrs. Thompson Brothers, of Wylam-on-Tyne, both of these firms being prominent locomotive-engine makers of the period. While thus engaged, he built some of the earliest engines used on the Newcastle and Carlisle, Brunton and Shields, and other railways.

In 1842 he became chief engineer for Messrs. Losh, Wilson and Bell at their Walker Iron Works, of which the late Sir Lowthian Bell was general manager, and during this time he designed the first of the blast-furnaces at Walker and Clarence Works.

In 1857 he became a partner in the firm of Cowans, Sheldon and Co., of Carlisle, which had until then carried on business at Woodbank, near Carlisle.

In 1857 the firm purchased the works at St. Nicholas, Carlisle, and the management of this branch of the business was undertaken by Mr. Dove.

On the conversion of the business into a company in 1873, he became managing director, the duties of which office he actively fulfilled until within a short time of his death.

In municipal affairs he took a great interest, being a member of the Carlisle Town Council from 1873 till 1891, and was offered the mayoralty in 1886, but declined the honour. He was also a city magistrate.

His death took place at his residence at Stanwix, near Carlisle, on 22nd January 1906, in his eighty-ninth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1857.


Obituary 1906 [3]

We regret to have to announce the death of Mr. George Dove, of Viewfield House, Stanwix, which took place on the 22nd inst. Mr. Dove was born at Derwenthaugh, in the county of Durham, on March 3rd, 1817.

About the year 1831 he was apprenticed at R. and W. Hawthorn's works at Newcastle-on-Tyne, and when through his time there he went into the drawing-office of Hawks, Thompson and Co, of Gateshead, afterwards accepting the position of manager at the works of Thompson Brothers, of Wylam. Both of these firms were prominent locomotive builders, and Mr. Dove was occupied with the construction of some of the earliest engines used on the Newcastle and Carlisle, Brunton and Shields, Seaton Delaval and other railways.

In 1842 he was made chief engineer of the Walker Ironworks of Losh, Wilson and Bell . . . . In 1857 he joined Cowans, Sheldon and Co . . . [more]



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