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John George Aulsebrook Kitchen

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John George Aulsebrook Kitchen (1869-1940) of Lancaster. During his life he filed 175 provisional patent applications including an aeroplane

1870 Born in Prescot, St. Helens, the son of William Henry Aulsebrook Kitchen, Agent, and his wife Ellen Teresa Francisco Joza (Portugese)

c1897 Married

1909 October. Details of a sleeve-valve engine.[1]

1911 Visitor at Holly Cottage, Bowness, Windermere: John Kitchen (age 42 born St. Helens), Mechanical Engineer. In the house of Richard Robinson, a Watchmakwer, and his wife.[2]

1940 March 27th. Died. Probate to his widow Sarah Isabel Kitchen.


1940 Obituary[3]

The remains of Mr. John George Aulsebrook Kitchen, "Brookfield,", Storrs. Windermere, were cremated privately at Blackpool on Saturday. Mr Kitchen was in his usual health until recently, but last week was ordered to the Royal Lancaster infirmary, where a blood transfusion was carried out. Mr. Kitchen did not survive this and died last Wednesday.

Mr. Kitchen, who was 71 years of age, married a daughter of the late Mr. Garnett, florist and nurseryman. lowness. He was widely known as the inventor of the Kitchen reversing rudder which is in use In all the principal countries of the world. It was patented just before August 1914, and was used for the first time by the Royal Navy in the Great War. Not only is this patent used by the British Admiralty. but also by America, Norway, and the Dutch and Swedish Navies. The advantages of the invention are numerous Propeller and machinery always run in the ahead direction, consequently wear and tear are reduced to a minimum. The vessel so fitted can be turned on its own centre without progressing ahead or astern impossible with any other rudder. There is vastly improved control and steering, and an absence of shock or strain on the ship. The rudder has stood the tests of efficiency. reliability, simplicity, and economy.

Mr Kitchen patented over 100 inventions one of the most interesting being the elliptical wheel fitted to dinner wagons to avoid jolting, His patent rudder was attached to his own private motor boat on Lake Windermere....[more]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar 1909/10/23
  2. 1911 Census
  3. Morecambe Guardian - Saturday 06 April 1940