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Joseph Jessop

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Joseph Jessop (1825-1883) of J. Jessop and Son

1857 Dissolution of the Partnership between William Ryder, George Ryder, and Joseph Jessop, carrying on business at Leicester, as Engineers and Millwrights, as to the said George Ryder; William Ryder and Joseph Jessop would discharge the debts of the firm.[1]

1862 The Partnership between William Ryder and Joseph Jessop, lately carrying on business in copartnership together as Engineers and Millwrights, at Leicester, under the style or firm of Ryder and Jessop, expired by efflnxion of time; the business will in future be carried on by the said Joseph Jessop.[2]

1864 Dissolution of the Partnership between Samuel Russell, William Jessop, and Joseph Jessop, as Iron and Brass Founders, under the firm of Samuel Russell and Co.,at Barston-street, Leicester. All debts due to and from the said partnership will be received and paid by the said Joseph Jessop.[3]


1884 Obituary [4]

JOSEPH JESSOP was born on 27th March 1825, at Horbury, near Wakefield.

At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to Messrs. Green Atkinson and Holt, Wakefield, where he acquired considerable mechanical experience, particularly in connection with colliery machinery.

In 1847 he entered the locomotive works of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, Manchester, and was engaged in the early attempts at lighting by electricity the Victoria Station in Manchester and one of the tunnels on the line.

Subsequently he started some small engineering works in Marble Street, Leicester, under the firm of Ryder and Jessop; as the development of the business progressed, larger premises were secured, and Mr. Jessop, making steam cranes and hoisting machinery his speciality, became connected as partner in Leicester with Messrs. Appleby Brothers of London, until in 1880 the Leicester firm became Joseph Jessop and Son.

In 1875-76 he twice visited the Crimea, for the purpose of arranging and fixing machinery for lifting heavy guns for the new Russian fortifications near the Black Sea.

His death took place at his residence, Belgrave, Leicester, on 31st March 1883, at the age of fifty-eight, after an illness of several weeks.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1878.


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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 21 Apr 1857
  2. London Gazette 6 June 1862
  3. London Gazette 29 Nov 1864
  4. 1884 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries