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Robinson Thwaites

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Robinson Thwaites (c1806-1884) of R. Thwaites and Co and Thwaites and Carbutt

1806 September 10th. Born in Bradford the son of Thomas Thwaites, Master Plumber, and his wife Hannah Hammond

1861 Living at 49 Horton Road, Horton, Bradford: Robinson Thwaites (age 54 born Bradford), Engineer Master employing 43 men and 13 boys. With his wife Anna Thwaites (age 40 born Clayton) and their five children; William Hy Thwaites (age 10 born Bradford); Eliza A. Thwaites (age 9 born Bradford); John R. Thwaites (age 6 born Bradford); Arthur H. Thwaites (age 4 born Bradford); and Edward Thwaites (age 3 born Bradford). Two servants. Note: In adjoining dwelling is Thomas Thwaites.[1]

1861 Robinson Thwaites, Vulcan Iron Works, Bradford.[2]

c.1862 Took into partnership Edward Hamer Carbutt as Thwaites and Carbutt

1871 Living at 48 Horton Road, Horton, Bradford: Robinson Thwaites (age 64 born Bradford), Engineer and Tool Maker employing 130 men and 13 boys. With his wife Anna Thwaites (age 59 born Clayton) and their three sons; Thomas H. Thwaites (age 25 born Horton), Engineer and Tool Maker; William H. Thwaites (age 20 born Horton), Engineer and Tool Maker; and Albert E. Thwaites (age 6 born Horton).[3]

1884 October 22nd. Died, of 54 Horton Road, Bradford. Probate to Thomas Hirst Thwaites, Arthur Hirst Thwaites and Edward Hirst Thwaites, all of Bradford, engineers. and to John Alexander.


1884 Inquest.[4]

The Bradford Borough Coroner held an inquest yesterday touching the circumstances attending the death of Robinson Thwaites, formerly head of the firm of Thwaites and Carbutt, Bradford, who died yesterday morning from concussion of the brain.

It appears that on Monday evening he went up stairs, and a few minutes afterwards a noise was heard as of someone falling. It proved to been caused by a fall of the deceased, who was found head downwards at the foot of the first flight. Assistance was procured and the deceased was put to bed. He was attended up to the time of his death by Mr. Proctor and Mr. Meade.

It is surmised that he fell in lowering a gaslight in the pendant at the head the stairs. A verdict of accidental death was returned. The deceased, who was 78 years of age, was a member of an old Bradford family, and commenced business with his father as a plumber and gas fitter. Subsequently he became the head of the firm of Messrs R. Thwaites and Co., Goit Side, Thornton Road, and 1855 the present works were built.

Mr Carbutt afterwards joined the deceased gentleman, and both and the deceased retired from the business about eight years ago, since which time the business has been carried on the sons of the deceased.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 Census
  2. 1861 Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  3. 1871 Census
  4. Bradford Daily Telegraph - Thursday 23 October 1884