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William Isherwood Bromiley

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William Isherwood Bromiley (c1848-1935) of Howe, Bromiley and Co

1935 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM ISHERWOOD BROMILEY, with his two sons, founded the firm of Howe, Bromiley and Company, Atlantic Mills, Heywood, in 1903, and for the fifteen years following he was also on the Manchester Royal Exchange. His two sons were killed during the War, and Mr. Bromiley carried on the business alone for some years until his retirement.

He was born in Bury, Lance, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Dobson and Barlow, machinists, of Bolton, with which firm he was connected for forty years. In 1869 he took charge of the card department, and in 1873 he was appointed foreman and subsequently brought out improvements in textile machinery, several of which he patented. One of his most successful patents was for a carding machine, which was extensively adopted on the Continent and in America.

Mr. Bromiley was elected a Member of the Institution in 1892.

His death occurred on 11th November 1935, in his eighty-eighth year.

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