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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
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
1944 Improvements in welding rods
1968 Died in Gipping