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Engineer of Manchester.
It appears that George Richards (2), an American engineer specialising in woodworking machinery, established the Manchester company, before it became George Richards and Co under the control of his son, George 
Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1883 (Part 1) list Richards and Atkinson as engineers and makers of special machinery for wood working; lineshaft fittings on the American system. Address: 3 Bank Street, Exchange. There is a separate entry for George Richards and Co, engineers and manufacturers of wood cutting machinery, City Road, Hulme. The home address of Edward Atkinson, engineer (Richards & Atkinson) is given as 4 Richmond Hill, Bowdon