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Louis John Tibbenham

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Louis (aka Lewis) John Tibbenham (1878-1968)

1878 Born in Ipswich

1894-99 Technical education at Ipswich Technical School

1894-99 Apprenticed with Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies

1900 Draughtsman with Lever Brothers

1901-6 Draughtsman and then assistant to works manager with Clayton and Shuttleworth of Lincoln

1906-10 Chief tool draughtsman and clerk to works with Ruston, Proctor and Co, Lincoln

1911 Joined Woods and Co (Stowmarket) Ltd. at the Suffolk Iron Foundry, Stowmarket.

1911 Lewis John Tibbenham 32, manager and secretary of engineering works (agricultural engineers), lived in Stowmarket, with Eveline May Tibbenham 30, Frank Erle Tibbenham 3, Donald Alfred Tibbenham 5 months[1]

1911 Became an Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

1914 Woods and Co was bankrupt

1914 Louis Tibbenham took on part of a factory in Stowmarket which had gone bankrupt, and set up his own company, the Suffolk Iron Foundry, to make castings such as flywheels and ploughshares for the local industry.

1922 His first patent concerned improvements in balls for playing games

1927-8 Several patents on improvements in lawn mowers

1929 Patent on methods of welding bronze.

1935 Patent on methods of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals and welding rods therefor

1939 Louis J Tibbenham, Engineer Mechanical Foundry Welding company director, lived in Stowmarket with Eveline Tibbenham, Frank E Tibbenham 32 technical foundry manager[2]

1944 Improvements in welding rods

1968 Died in Gipping[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 census
  2. 1939 register
  3. BMD