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John Butler

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of John Butler Iron Works

1859 of Old Foundry, Stanningley, near Leeds.[1]

1884 October 17th. Died.


1885 Obituary [2]

JOHN BUTLER, elder son of the late Mr. Joseph Butler, was born on 25th. April 1822, at Bowling, where his father had served his apprenticeship as a moulder.

In July 1828 his father removed to Stanningley near Leeds, and in partnership with two or three others commenced business in a small way as ironfounders.

After a few years, the firm added to their business that of engineering and railway-plant manufacturing ; and it was during this time that Mr. John Butler acquired his practical knowledge there.

In 1838 the business was taken over and carried on by Mr. Joseph Butler alone, who with his son turned their attention to the manufacture of iron bridges, the first they made being those required for the Leeds and Selby Railway ; subsequently they supplied the bridges for several other railways, including the cast-iron bridge spanning the river Ribble at Preston, and very many others, both in this country and abroad ; also the ironwork for the roof of the new station at York, and for numerous other large structures. To Mr. John Butler's exertions are mainly due the development and prosperity of the Stanningley Iron Works, now carried on by his sons, which at the time of his death employed from eight hundred to a thousand workmen.

He died at his residence, West Boyd, Farsley, on 17th October 1884, at the age of sixty-two, and was interred at the little church of Farsley.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1859.


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