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Ernest W. Twining

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Ernest W. Twining (March 29, 1875 - September 10, 1956) was a modelmaker, artist, and engineer.

Ernest Twining was born in Bristol, and was trained an a telephone engineer: he also took art lessons at night school.

After working on the Glasgow telephone system for a while, he established a commercial art studio in London, where, as a side-line, he branched out into designing and making model aircraft for sale, in due course expanding to the manufacture of full size gliders. Also see Twining Aeroplane Co

His model-making work brought him into contact with Bassett-Lowke, the Northampton model making firm, for whom he did sub-contract work.

In 1920 he founded Twining Models at Northampton, which manufactured glass-case models of industrial, architectural, advertising and transport themes.

Twining was polymathic in his interests, and was active in the worlds of model railways, art and design, aeronautics, astronomy and photography, ships and ship models, and stained glass.

In Northampton, his windows can be found at Holy Trinity Church Hall, St Edmunds, Hardingstone, St Francis de Sales, Wolverton and the Northhampton Museum.

Twining was also a prolific author, writing for numerous hobby magazines, and wrote several books, the most notable being:

Twining sold out his interest in his business in 1940, and moved back to Bristol where he spent the war years on the staff of the Bristol Aeroplane Co, working as a draughtsman. After the war he worked for a Bristol stained glass firm, helping repair damaged glass in bombed churches.

Twining died at Bristol in 1956.

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