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Thomas Knowles (Manchester)

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Thomas Knowles of Charles Street Iron Works, 38 & 39 Charles Street, Brook Street, Manchester

'The Engineer' of 18th May 1860 had an article entitled 'T and J Knowles and Rigg's Machinery for Shaping Metals Patent Date 10th October 1859'. This described and illustrated a travelling head shaping machine. The patentees were Thomas and James Knowles of Manchester and Arthur Rigg of Chester.

1863 Engineer and General Tool Maker. Maker of patent universal shaping machines, screw cutting lathes, planing, drilling and slotting machines of various sizes, machinery for engraving for calico printers, brick pressing machinery, improved screwing tackle, standard gauges, turning, planing, screw and gear cutting to order...[1]

Despite the extensive range of products, the premises were evidently of modest size. The 1863 directory denotes Knowles' 38 Charles Street address as an Arch (beneath the MSJ&A Railway).

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Sources of Information

  1. Slater's Directory for Manchester and Salford, 1863