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William Stanway Booth

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William Stanway Booth (1853-1894)

of Lilleshall Iron Works, Oakengates, near Wellington, Shropshire. - Lilleshall Iron Co


1895 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM STANWAY BOOTH was born at Strangeways, Manchester, on 14th November 1853.

After leaving school he went first into an architect's office, and afterwards obtained a situation in the works of Messrs. Ormerod, Grierson and Co., St. George's Iron Works, Hulme. Beginning in the pattern shop, he was soon advanced to the drawing office; and after remaining there thirteen years he was sent to represent the firm in London, where he stayed two years.

He was then recalled to the works in Manchester to take charge of the drawing office, and to be joint manager of the business.

He next went for a short time as manager to Messrs. H. B. Barlow and Co., Cornbrook Heald Works, Manchester, leaving them for the Lilleshall Iron Works, Wellington, Shropshire, where he stayed two years.

There in conjunction with Mr. Muncaster he invented a safety-valve, and a device for the balancing of slide-valves.

In 1886 he was appointed engineer to Messrs. Vivian and Sons, Hafod Works, Swansea, having the superintendence of the engineering work connected with the various departments of that extensive firm.

In 1892 he became chief engineer to Messrs. John Jameson and Son, at their Bow Street Distillery, Dublin, where he carried out successfully several works for enlarging and developing their premises.

His death took place from typhoid fever at Colwyn Bay, North Wales, on 6th December 1894, at the age of forty-one.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1890, having been elected a Graduate in 1883.


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