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Charles Thomas Crowden

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1899. Single-cylinder 5hp. Reg No: O 9527. Exhibit at Coventry Transport Museum.
1899. Crowden's Engine and Boiler.
1899. Steam Car.
July 1900.
September 1902. Motor Lawn Mower.

Charles Thomas Crowden (c1859-1922) of Leamington.

See C. T. Crowdens Motor Works

c1859 Son of a schoolmaster and his grandfather kept the Blue Coat School in Bath for 50 years and there is a memorial to him in the Abbey.[1]

Educated at Bath Grammar School

Worked for Stothert and Pitt[2]

Worked for Merryweather and Sons

Chief engineer of Humber

Worked for the Great Horseless Carriage Co

1884 Patent. Herbert J. Pausey and Charles T. Crowden, London - a safety bicycle.[3]

1887 Built a 'Petrolcycle' for a Mr. Butler. Description and image.[4]

1891 Report of a burglary at his house in Semilong, Northampton.[5]

1892 Described as the engineer of the Sphincter Grip Armoured Hose Co of London.[6]

1893 Patent. 'for improved raising and lowering gear for fire escapes' [7]

1898 January. Concerns Hooley's Hydraulic Joint Co and states that Crowden is the inventor.[8] This is a machine for jointing the tubes of a bicycle by water pressure and has been sold to E. T. Hooley. Crowden of Vernon Lodge, Eastnor Grove, Leamington, and has been in Leamington for twelve months. Many more details in this article.[9]

1898 May. Concerns the British Hydraulic Jointing Co. 'Charles Thomas Crowden, of Beeston, in the County of Notts, and other subsidiary Patents subsequently acquired by the Hydraulic Joint Syndicate'[10]

1899 Described as a motor car manufacturer, Chapel Street, Leamington, in a court action he brings.[11]

1900 Described as engineer and proprietor of the Leamington Motor Car Works when he sues Mr Tolch, an engineer over some patents.[12]

1901 Built a fire engine for Norwich Union.

1901 Living at 10 Eastnor Grove, Coventry (age 42 born Halesworth, Suffolk), a Mechanical Engineer and Employer. With his wife Emily (age 45 born Langley Broom, Mddx.) and their children Nellie (age 14 born Lewisham), Marianne E. (age 13 born Lewisham), Frederick C. (age 10 born Northampton), and Edith N. (age 7 born Northampton). One servant. [13]

1904 The entire Leamington business and stock offered for sale including '...AT THE MOTOR WORKS, CHAPEL STREET, LEAMINGTON. FREDERIC W. GOODEVE is instructed TO SELL BT AUCTION, without reserve, The Entire Costly MOTOR AND ENGINEERING PLANT, including COSTLY 24-H.P. MOTOR CHEMICAL FIRE ENGINE, also a PARCEL DELIVERY MOTOR VAN, Two MOTOR CHARS-A-BANC, Two MOTOR WAGONETTES; also the OFFICE FURNITURE, Smith Premier TYPEWRITER, &. Also, at the same time and place, the LEASEHOLD PROPERTY, occupying an important corner position in CHAPEL STREET, LEAMINGTON, held on lease, having about 12 years unexpired...'[14]

1918 Mentioned as of the Engineering Department of the British Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Co. Also mentions James C. T. Crowden.[15]

1922 Q4. Died in Nottingham district

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Sources of Information

  1. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 17 February 1898
  2. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Thursday 23 August 1900
  3. Birmingham Daily Post - Friday 20 March 1885
  4. The Autocar 1895/11/30
  5. Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 October 1891
  6. Preston Chronicle - Saturday 02 January 1892
  7. Northampton Mercury - Friday 18 August 1893
  8. Dundee Courier - Saturday 29 January 1898
  9. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 17 February 1898
  10. Edinburgh Evening News - Monday 23 May 1898
  11. Leamington Spa Courier - Saturday 09 December 1899
  12. Leamington Spa Courier - Saturday 07 July 1900
  13. 1901 Census
  14. Leamington Spa Courier - Friday 26 August 1904
  15. Derby Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 18 December 1918