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William Middleton

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William Middleton (1795-1868)

1847 Of Vulcan Iron Foundry, Summer Lane, Birmingham

1868 November 23rd. Died

1869 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM MIDDLETON was born in 1795 at Smethwick near Birmingham, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Boulton and Watt, Soho Foundry, in whose employ he remained during the time that James Watt, William Murdock, and others were connected with those celebrated works; and he continued there for upwards of twenty years, part of the time as foreman.

In 1834 be commenced business as an engineer, machinist, and manufacturer of railway plant; and for more than thirty years carried on the Vulcan Foundry, Birmingham, during which time he executed many extensive works.

He was a Member of the Institution from the commencement in 1847.

His health was declining for three years previous to his death, which took place on 23rd November 1868, at the age of seventy-three.

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