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Edwin Marshall

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Edwin Marshall (1814-1865) of Brown, Marshalls and Co

1848 Railway Carriage Builder of New Canal Street, Birmingham

1865 Obituary [1]

Edwin Marshall was born on 28th October 1814 at Birmingham, and in 1834 commenced business with his father, a timber merchant in Birmingham.

In 1848 they began building railway wagons; and in 1850, in conjunction with Mr. Brown, a coach builder, became railway and general carriage builders, and commenced one of the earliest establishments for the construction of railway carriages, as the firm of Messrs. Brown Marshalls and Co.

In 1855 they erected for the purpose the Britannia Carriage Works, at Upper Saltley, Birmingham, where were manufactured the carriage and wagon stock for many foreign railways.

Mr. Edwin Marshall died after a long and severe illness on 8th May 1864, aged forty-nine years. He was a Member of the Institution from 1848.

1866 Obituary [2]

Edwin Marshall was a partner in the firm of Brown, Marshall and Co, of the Britannia Railway Carriage and Wagon Works, Birmingham, and took an active part in the management of that concern.

He joined the Institution of Civil Engineers as an Associate, January 13, 1857, and died some time in the year 1865.

It is regretted that a memoir cannot be given of so worthy a man, but, on application for the necessary material, the reply received from J. E. Marshall was:- 'I regret that I cannot comply with your request, asking for the particulars of the career of my late father (Edwin Marshall), as he in his lifetime had the greatest objection to anything of the kind, and I have similar feelings.'

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