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Thomas Parkin Moorwood

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Thomas Parkin Moorwood (1835-1901), head of the firm of Moorwood, Sons and Co and Moorwoods

1901 Obituary [1]

THOMAS PARKIN MOORWOOD died on March 13, 1901, at the age of sixty-five years. He was head of the firm of Moorwood Sons and Company, Limited, of Harleston Ironworks, Sheffield. He had been engaged in the steel trade for about forty years, and his death removes a prominent figure from Sheffield industrial circles. He was born at Ecclesfield in 1835, and his early business career was spent at the Thorncliffe Ironworks of Newton, Chambers and Co.

About 1860 he went to Sheffield, and in partnership with his brother-in-law, Mr. Thomas Watson, and the late Mr. Thomas Marshall, established the Harleston Works, Carlisle Street, East. The business carried on by the firm was that of engineers, ironfounders, stove-grate manufacturers, &c. One of the chief branches of the work has always been that of producing castings for use in the Sheffield trades, and the Harleston works have developed with those trades until now the foundry, in its capacity for turning out large castings, is one of the most important in the North of England. Both Mr. Marshall and Mr. Watson ceased their connection with the firm, and for the last ten years the business has been entirely under the management of Mr. Moorwood, two of his sons being the chief members of the firm besides himself. Mr. Moorwood was a Conservative, but he did not take any part in public life.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1894.

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