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William Broadbent

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William Broadbent (1860-1924) of Thomas Broadbent and Sons

1860 Born the son of Thomas Broadbent

1924 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM BROADBENT was born at Milnsbridge, Yorkshire, in 1860.

After leaving school, he served his time from 1874 onwards in his father's engineering works at Huddersfield, and on the latter's death in 1880 he took charge of the business as manager.

Four years later, his younger brother, Horace, joined him as partner, and the two brothers carried on the business of general engineers, millwrights, machine makers, and iron founders, under the style of Thomas Broadbent and Sons, Limited, of the Central Ironworks, Huddersfield, the subject of this memoir being chairman of the Company.

Although one of the leading business men in his town and of wide repute in engineering circles, Mr. Broadbent took no very active part in public life.

His death occurred on 2nd August 1924, at Isis residence at Saddleworth, at the age of sixty-four.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1891.

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