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Charles Rennoldson

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Charles Rennoldson (1857-1924) of J. P. Rennoldson and Sons and later of Charles Rennoldson and Co

1857 Born the son of James Purdy Rennoldson

1861 Living at Wellington Street, Westoe, South Shields: James P. Renoldson (age 40 born Jesmond), Engine Builder employing 31 men and 4 boys. With his wife Jane Renoldson (age 35 born South Shields) and their eight children; Mary Renoldson (age 14 born South Shields); Joseph M. Renoldson (age 13 born South Shields); George Renoldson (age 11 born South Shields); John R. Renoldson (age 9 born South Shields); James H. Renoldson (age 7 born South Shields); Alfred Renoldson (age 5 born South Shields); Charles Renoldson (age 3 born South Shields); and Jane S. Renoldson (age 1 born South Shields).[1]

Became an apprentice at the Lawe shipyard of Readhead and Softley.

c.1875 He then became a partner in J. P. Rennoldson and Sons for 38 years where he designed high-class tugs, salvage steamers, yachts and coasters.

1911 Living at 11 South View Terrace, South Shields: Charles Rennoldson (age 53 born South Shields),Shipbuilding - Employer - Widower. Two servants.[2]

1913 Charles Rennoldson opened his own yard, the Lawe Shipyard at South Shields.


1924 Obituary[3]

"The Late Mr. Charles Rennoldson.— It is with great ’regret that we have to record the death, which occurred on the 1st inst, in his 67th year, of Mr. Charles Rennoldson, J.P., the head of the firm of Charles Rennoldson, & Co., Limited, Lawe Shipyard, South Shields. He was a son of Mr. J. P. Rennoldson and a grandson of Mr. George Rennoldson, who founded, about 125 years ago, the works in Wapping-street, South Shields, now known under the title of J. P. Rennoldson and Sons, Limited, engineers and shipbuilders - the principal being a brother of the deceased. Mr. C. Rennoldson served his apprenticeship as an engineering and shipbuilding draughtsman under Mr. Clanton, a naval architect, afterwards entering the Wapping-street works, of which on the death of his father, in 1878, he became the owner together with his brother, the late Alderman J. M. Rennoldson. The partnership was dissolved in 1913, when the deceased started on his own account at the Lawe. Mr. C. Rennoldson was held in high esteem by ail his employees. According to his wish, he was buried at sea."


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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 Census
  2. 1911 Census
  3. Engineering 1924/03/07