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John Needham (c1840-1899)
1881 Living in Salford, Engineer and Ironfounder. With his wife and their six children.
1899 Obituary 
JOHN NEEDHAM died at his residence, Highfield, Eccles, on October 18, 1899.
He was the head of the firm of John Needham & Sons, of Manchester; chairman of the Cheadle Park Colliery Company, Staffordshire; of George Needham, Limited, Salford; and also of the Northern Steel and Hardware Company, Limited, of Salford and Glasgow.
He had a very large experience in all the branches of the machinery trade both of this country and the United States of America, and only a short time before his death paid a visit to America for the purpose of ascertaining the latest progress in machinery and plant generally. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1888, the meetings of which he regularly attended. Owing to failing health he did not take an active part in the Manchester meeting, but was represented on the Executive Committee by his son, Mr. C. T. Needham.