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Henry Wood (1860-1931)

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Henry Wood (1860-1931), director of John Musgrave and Sons and previously of J. and E. Wood

1860 Born in Bolton, son of John Wood (1822-1889), master engineer, employer of 125 men and 25 boys[1]

1911 Iron and brass founder; engineer and millwright; living in Bolton with Cecile Eudora Wood 42 Mary Frances Wood 14, Noel Hall Wood 7, Charles Edward Riddiough Wood 3, and several servants[2]

1931 Died. Age 71.


1931 Obituary [3]

HENRY WOOD was born at Bolton in 1860, and his education included three years at the Zurich University from 1875-1878.

He then became apprenticed in the works of his father's firm, Messrs. Edward Wood, Bolton; and in 1889, upon the death of his father, he joined with his brother in carrying on the firm, who were pioneers in the manufacture of high-class Corliss steam-engines, and of mill gearing. Mr. Wood was responsible for many improvements in the efficiency of the reciprocating steam-engine. Owing to the gradual supersession of steam-engines by electrical power the firm closed down, and in 1913 he was appointed a director of Messrs. John Musgrave and Sons, Bolton, a position which he held until 1927.

He died on 15th August 1931.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1887.


1931 Obituary [4]

Mr. Henry Wood, who had been a director of J. Musgrave and Sons, Ltd., engineers, of the Globe Ironworks, Bolton, and who, until the firm closed down in 1912, was head of Messrs. J. and D. Wood, of the Victoria Foundry, Bolton, has died at Bolton at the age of seventy one years.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. 1911 census
  3. 1931 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  4. The Engineer 1931/08/21