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Walter May

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Walter May (1831-1877) of Walter May and Co

1831 Born son of Charles May

1857 of 3 Great George Street, Westminster.[1]

1858 Formed Walter May and Co in Birmingham

1876 Had installed a pair of expansion engines of 22in and 36in diameter running at Nettlefolds

1877 July 31st. Died.[2]


1878 Obituary [3]

WALTER MAY was born in 1831 at Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

After serving his apprenticeship in the works of Messrs. Ransome and May at Ipswich he was engaged three years with Messrs. Cochrane and Co., Woodside Iron Works, Dudley, as head of the drawing office.

In 1858, after spending a year in London with his father, Sir Charles May, he took the Suffolk Works, Birmingham, where he carried on until his death an extensive business as engine maker and ironfounder, first in the firm of Walter May and Co., and subsequently in that of May and Mountain.

He also had a considerable practice as consulting engineer in arbitrations, valuations, &c.

His death took place, after a long and severe illness, at Harborne near Birmingham on 31st July 1877, in the forty-eighth year of his age.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1857, and was for seventeen years a member of the Council, taking a very active part in the business of the Institution.


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