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W. Williams (of Ashford)

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William Williams, chief draughtsman at the Ashford Works of the South Eastern Railway

Apprenticed to William Howe[1] at Robert Stephenson and Co.

1843 Invented with Howe, the Stephenson link motion (but claimed the invention himself).

1844 Left Stephenson's

Transferred (as did Howe) from Newcastle to Ashford.[2]

1848 Prepared drawings for conversion of a locomotive to outside cylinders to the design of Thomas Russell Crampton

1851 This may be the same as William Williams 47 (b.Liverpool), store keeper, lived at the South Eastern Railway Works, Ashford New Town, with his son Francis Williams 17 (b.Liverpool), clerk, Thomas F Williams 12, William R Williams 7 (b.Southampton), Fanny A M Williams 10 and his sister in law [3]

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Sources of Information

  1. See letter by William Waller in The Engineer 1870/06/17
  2. It is stated in The Engineer 1910/07/01 that Howe also moved to Ashford but is this correct?
  3. 1851 census