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John Tangye (Manchester)

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'Rotary planing machine'

of 106 Princess Street, Manchester

Was this John Tangye (1864-1918)?

1899 John Tangye, machine tool maker. The American Machinist provided a favourable description of an 8" centre height John Tangye lathe.[1]. The author mentioned that John Tangye had over 20 years' practical experience in the designing and construction of machine tools.

1902 Making 'rotary planers'.[2]. These were effectively milling machines, with inserted-tool cutters.

1929 James Frederick Tangye was still associated with this address at the time of his death.[3]

Note: A number of other businesses were using 106 Princess Street as their address in 1899.

1949 Advert: 'Wanted. 2 Compositors (T.A.): colour work and display.— J. T. Tangye and Co., 106, Princess-street, Manchester.[4] Same firm?

Location: 106 Princess Street was a small building on the south side of Princess Street at its junction with Charles Street. The premises comprised two storeys plus a basement, covering an area of 80 ft by 40 ft, bounded on the north by Princess Street, on the east by Charles Street, on the south by the River Medlock, and on the west by the MSJ&AR viaduct. 1960 photo here.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'A New English Lathe' by James Vose, American Machinist, 14 Sept 1899
  2. [2] Machinery, April 1902, p.233
  3. National Probate calendar
  4. Manchester Evening News, 30 May 1949