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John Wesley Meldrum

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John Wesley Meldrum (c1851-1937), joint managing director of Meldrums

1861 Living at New Windsor, Salford: Samuel Meldrum (age 38 born Portsmouth), Methodist New Conversion Minister. With his wife Emma Meldrum (age 39 born Portsmouth) and their four sons; James Jones Meldrum (age 12 born Runcorn); John Wesley Meldrum (age 10 born Runcorn); Thomas Frederick Meldrum (age 8 born Runcorn); and Robert Henry Meldrum (age 5 born Shoreditch).[1]


1937 Obituary [2]

It is with regret that we have to record the death of one of the oldest mechanical engineers in the country, Mr. John W. Meldrum, the joint managing director of Meldrums Ltd., of Timperley, near Manchester.

He joined the firm in 1886, when the works were in City-road, Manchester. His brother, Mr. James Meldrum, had started the works, then manufacturing steam jet apparatus, such as acid elevators, compressors, ejectors, &c.

The works were moved out to Timperley in 1902.

The steam jet blower formed the basis of the "Meldrum" forced draught furnace. It was then applied to the burning of refuse in conjunction with the "Meldrum" continuous grate destructor, which was the basis of modern destructor practice. It is a so applied with great success to mechanical stokers.

Mr. Meldrum. who would have been eighty-seven on June 26th, was at the works, as usual, within a few days of his death, which took place while on holiday in Scotland.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 Census
  2. The Engineer 1937/07/02 p12