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William Radcliffe (1844-1908)

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William Radcliffe (1844-1908), son of James and Esther Radcliffe; James was a cotton manufacturer[1]

1870 Joined I Mech E

1871 Civil Engineer, living in Oldham[2]

1881 Contractor, living in Sheffield with his wife Clara and 3 daughters; employer of 15 men[3]

1891 Railway contractor and cotton manufacturer, living in Sheffield with his wife and 2 daughters[4]

1896 of Camden House, 25 Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield.


1908 Obituary [5]

WILLIAM RADCLIFFE was born at Hollinwood, near Oldham on 20th March 1844, and he was educated at Owens College, Manchester.

He became one of the founders of the Phoenix Bessemer Steel Co. of the firm of Hampton, Radcliffe and Co. in 1872, which was afterwards acquired by Messrs. Steel Peech and Tozer, of Sheffield.

Among the work he carried out was that of bridge work for the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, now the Great Central Railway.

Later on he was senior partner of Messrs. Radcliffe, Son and Crockford, of London, and a director of Messrs. Gregory, Reddish and Co., brick manufacturers of Deepcar, Sheffield.

His death took place at his residence in Sheffield on 26th March 1908, at the age of sixty-four.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1870.


1908 Obituary [6]

WILLIAM RADCLIFFE died at his residence, Clarkegrove Road, Sheffield, on March 26, 1908, at the age of sixty-four years.

Born at Oldham in 1844, he was educated at Owens College, Manchester; was one of the founders of the Phoenix Bessemer Steel Company, Ltd., and of the firm of Hampton, Radcliffe & Co. in July 1872, which was afterwards acquired by Steel, Peach & Tozer, Ltd. He erected a lot of bridgework for the old Manchester Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Railway Co., now the Great Central Railway. He was senior partner of Radcliffe, Son & Crockford, London, and a director of Gregory, Reddish & Co., Ltd., Sheffield. He was a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1890, and was a member of the Sheffield Reception Committee in 1905.


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