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William Henry Saville Craven

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William Henry Saville Craven (1861-1923) of Craven Brothers

son of William Craven


1923 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM HENRY SAVILLE CRAVEN, son of William Craven, one of the founders of the firm of Craven Bros. (now Craven Brothers (Manchester,) Ltd.), machine tool and crane makers, Reddish, was born in Manchester in 1861.

He commenced his career with the firm forty-eight years ago, going through the various departments of the works and gaining a thorough knowledge of the business; later serving in the capacity of Works Manager, Director, and, for the past twenty years, as Chairman and Managing Director.

His activities were not altogether confined to the mechanical side, the new works at Reddish, which is one of the finest of its kind in England, being designed and built under his supervision.

He was also deeply interested in the designs of the carriage and wagon works at Dukinfield for the Great Central Railway, which were built under his supervision, also the new locomotive works for the South Manchurian Railway, Dairen, and others.

Mr. Craven was actively associated with the iron and coal industry, having served on the Board of the Staveley Coal and Iron Co., Ltd., Chesterfield, for many years.

Although he had been in indifferent health for some time, he attended the works daily and kept in close touch with the business.

His death occurred unexpectedly at Sheffield on 30th October 1923, at the age of sixty-two.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1891.

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