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John Henry Widdowson (1857-1925)

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John Henry Widdowson (1857-1925) of John H. Widdowson

Son of John Henry Widdowson (1828-1901)


1925 Obituary [1]

JOHN HENRY WIDDOWSON was born in Manchester on 10th July 1857.

He received his early education at local schools, supplemented by studies at the Manchester Mechanics' Institute and at Owens College.

He served his apprenticeship in the shops of Sir Joseph Whitworth and Co., Manchester, of which his father was at that time works manager, and on the completion of his indentures - in 1876 - he joined, as assistant manager, Mr. J. H. Widdowson, Senior, who had started a business on his own account as a manufacturer of hand-screw apparatus.

In 1879 he was made works manager under his father, and this position he held until the latter's death, when he became general manager and eventually, in 1922, managing director of the whole business, which had by that time been converted into a company under the title, "John H. Widdowson, Limited," Britannia Works, Salford.

His death occurred on 20th November 1925.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1897.



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