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Roughsedge Wallwork

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Roughsedge Wallwork (1855-1925) of Henry Wallwork and Co

Son of Joseph Wallwork (1826-1891) and his wife Amelia Higginson (1828-1881)

1861 Living at 7 Stock Lane, Chadderton: Joseph Wallwork (age 35 born Oldham), Cotton Spinner employing 40 hands. With his wife Amelia Wallwork (age 34 born Salford) and their children Rougheadge Wallwork (age 7 born Oldham); Charles H. Wallwork (age 5 born Oldham); Elizabeth A. Wallwork (age 3 born Oldham); and Joseph H. Wallwork (age 8 months born Chadderton). One servant.[1]

1875 Married Minerva Newton

1911 Living at The Manor House, Woodley, Cheshire: Roughsedge Wallwork (age 58 born Oldham), Ironfounder and Engineer and Employer. With his wife Minerva Wallwork (age 58 born Droylesdon) and their children; Sydney Wallwork (age 26 born Cheetham), Engineer Manager; Russ N. Wallwork (age 25 born Cheetham), Foundry Manager; Ella Wallwork (age 24 born Cheetham); and Bert Wallwork (age 20 born Woodley), Engineer's Apprentice.. One Visitor. Four servants.[2]


1925 Obituary [3]

ROUGHSEDGE WALLWORK was born in 1855, and on leaving school was apprenticed in his uncle's business - Messrs. Henry Wallwork and Co., Manchester, whose speciality was the production of soft castings and machinery for use in hat manufacture. He spent seven years in passing through the various departments, and at the age of twenty-two he became a manager.

Six years later he became a partner with his cousin, Mr. Henry Wallwork, and a younger brother.

Additional lines of manufacture were taken up, including the production of machines for many trades - sewing, knitting, cabinet-making, and others - and the works employed some hundreds of men.

In 1920 the business was re-organized under the style of Henry Wallwork and Co. (1920), Ltd., the production of light and intricate castings being still a special feature of the foundry department, and the engineering section dealing as previously with machine production and gear work of all kinds.

Mr. Wallwork died on 14th January 1925 at Woodley, Cheshire.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1893.


1925 Obituary [4]

ROUGHSEDGE WALLWORK died on January 14, 1925, at the age of seventy-two.

He was chairman of Henry Wallwork & Co., Ltd., Manchester, and was the nephew of the founder of the firm.

He was a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1900.


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