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Frederick Clench

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of Robey and Co, Globe Iron Works, Lincoln, and of Clench and Co.

One of the sons of Mr. F. Clench, manager and part proprietor of Messrs. Robey & Co., Perseverance Ironworks, Lincoln, was killed under very distressing circumstances on Saturday afternoon last. The deceased, Frank Mac'Dakin Clench, 10 years of age, was playing with his brother Charles, and Herbert Bellamy, son of Mr. P. Bellamy, architect, on Saturday afternoon, and about four o’clock they proceeded to the foundry together. After spending a little time in the gymnasium at the works, they went to the yard, where deceased gave chase to a cat, and his companions lost him. As he did not rejoin them, they searched and whistled and shouted for him, but receiving no answer, they thought he had left the works by another way, and accordingly went off the premises, each subsequently returning home. About five o'clock, however, the poor boy was found lying on the ground at another portion of the yard at the works, with the tire of a traction engine across his neck, and quite dead. An inquest was held in the Board-room of the works on Monday, before Mr. Coroner Lowe, when, the jury having viewed the body, which been moved on Saturday to the residence of Mr. Clench, Newland, the following evidence was taken;- ......'[1]

1893 Frederick Clench and his son Frederick McDakin Clench retired from the partnership which traded as Robey and Co.[2]

1903 'SPRING CLEANING EXTRAORDINARY. Those not initiated who stood round inspecting a small apparatus placed on a hand truck outside the L.D. and E. C. Railway Station on Tuesday last would not have thought that it represented an invention which certainly creates a domestic revolution so far as house cleaning is concerned. The invention - that of Mr H. C. Booth — has been taken up by the Vacuum Cleaner Company, Limited, one of whose directors is Mr Frederick Clench, of Chesterfield, and it is at the works Messrs Bryan Donkin and Clench, at Chesterfield that the apparatus is now being manufactured. The invention has only been perfected a few months, but already is installed in the Royal Palaces, the Houses of Parliament, by the Railway Companies and the chief London hotels. ....' [3]

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Sources of Information

  1. Lincoln Gazette, Saturday 10 November 1877
  2. Lincolnshire Chronicle - Friday 12 May 1893
  3. Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, 3 January 1903