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Joseph John Tyrrell

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Joseph John Tyrrell (1833-1907) of Clayton and Shuttleworth.

1851 Living at Tickers? Corner, Wells next the Sea: Henry Tyrrell (age 43 born Barningham, Norfolk), Draper. With his wife Henrietta Tyrrell (age 58 born Cromer) and their three sons; Henry T. Tyrrell (age 30 born Wells, Norfolk), Ship Builder; Mary A. Tyrrell (age 19 born Wells, Norfolk); and Joseph J. Tyrrell (age 17 born Wells, Norfolk). One servant.[1]

1907 July 11th. Died. Probate to Walter Henry Tyrrell, Engineer.


1907 Obituary.[2]

. . . Mr. Tyrrell who, with Mr. Wilkinson, was a pioneer in developing the portable engine and threshing machine from those early days to the present.

Mr. Tyrrell was born at Wells, Norfolk, in 1833. On leaving school at the age of sixteen be entered the shipbuilding yard of his brother at Wells, and after two years there he, in 1851, became an articled pupil in the works of Clayton and Shuttleworth, then only recently established. He was with them for five years, during which he passed through the various shops and drawing-office. He was then for about three years in the works of Humphreys, of Pershore, and some works in the South of England, when he returned to Messrs. Clayton and Shuttleworth, and in due time became head of the drawing-office, in which, jointly with Mr. Wilkinson, the manager, and Mr. James Good, he was responsible for the design and construction of the numerous improvements which the growing demand for steam threshing machinery required.

In 1888, on the retirement of Mr. Wilkinson, Mr. Tyrrell was appointed manager of the works, which then employed some 1500 men, and this position he held until be retired. . . [more]


1907 Obituary.[3]



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