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Manfred Powis Bale

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Manfred Powis-Bale (1850-1920) of Powis, James and Co and M. Powis Bale and Co, consultant for sawmills and sawmill machinery

1850 October 25th. Born at Orleton Court, Salop, the son of .... Bale and his wife Eleanor Powis.

1865 Pupilage at Powis, James and Co and later became manager of the firm leaving their employ in 1873 [1]

1871 Living at 2 Pall Mall, Westminster: Eleanor Bale (age 49 born Brampton, Herefordshire), No Occupation and a widow). With her children William Bale (age 26 born Orleton, Hford.) an Engineer's Draughtsman; Manfred Bale (age 22 born Ashford, Salop), an Engineer's Improver; and Ellen Bale (age 18 born Ashford, Salop). Also her brother John Powis (age 51 born Brampton, Hford), an Engineer - Unemployed) and her sister Margaret Powis (age 52 born Brampton, Hford), and her cousin Alfred Edwards (20 born Salop), an Engineer Apprentice. One servant.[2]

1878 Married Sarah Anne Bailey (Oriel) at St. Giles, London

1879 Birth of son Melvin Charles Oriel Bale (1879-1962)

1881 Living at 19 Oriel Lodge, Oxford Road, Chiswick: Manfred P. Bale (age 32 born Ashford, near Ludlow, Salop), Civil Engineer. With his wife Sarah A. Bale (age 33 born St. Giles, Mddx) and their son Melvin C. O. Bale (age 1 born Chiswick). Also Margaret Powis (age 61 born Hereford), his aunt and unmarried. Also a pupil William St.John Ogwell (age 19) and two servants.[3]

1883 Birth of son Henry Anthony Powis Bale (1883-1966)

1885 Executor of his mother's will. '...Eleanor Bale, late of the Avenue, in the parish of Ashford Carbonel, in the county of Salop, Widow (who died on the 17th day of June, 1885, and whose will was proved by Manfred Powis Bale, of 19, Oxford road, Chiswick, in the county of Middlesex, Civil Engineer, and Blanche Elizabeth Bale, of Ashford Carbonel, in the county of Salop, Spinster, two of the executors therein named...'[4]

1885 Executor of his aunt's will. '...the estate of Margaret Powis, formerly of No. 17, Sumner-place, in the county of Middlesex, and late [of the Avenue, Ashford Carbonel, in the county of Salop, Spinster, deceased (who died on the 11th day of September, 1885, and whose will was proved on the 3rd day of October, 1885, in the District Registry at Shrewsbury of the Probate Division of Her Majesty's High Court of Justice by Manfred Powis Bale and Frederick Rogers Tidd Pratt, two of the executors therein named...[5]

1911 Living at 21 Marlborough Road, Chiswick: Manfred Powis Bale (age 62 born Ashford, near Ludlow, Salop), Consulting Engineer. With his wife Annie Bale (age 63 born Esher) and their son Melvin C. Bale (age 31 born Chiswick), Mechanical Engineer. They have been married 32 years and had three children of whom two are now living. One servant. [6]

1920 February 22nd. Died. Of 15 Sutton Court Road, Chiswick. Probate granted to Sarah Anne Bale, widow.

1920 Obituary [7]

MANFRED POWIS BALE was born on 25th October 1850 at Orleton Court, near Ludlow, Salop.

He was educated at King's College School, London, and was apprenticed in 1868 to Powis, James and Co., Victoria Works, Lambeth, one of the earliest manufacturers of wood-working machinery in this country.

He ultimately became works manager and left the firm in 1875, to commence business on his own account in the City of London.

He subsequently moved to a workshop in Finsbury, but retired from commercial business in 1909 in order to devote his whole time to consulting and literary work.

He was a prolific writer on wood-working machinery and other branches of engineering; his treatise on "Wood-working Machinery " was one of the earliest comprehensive books on the subject published in this country. Other works were "Saw Mills; Their Arrangement and Management," and the "Handbook of Saw-Mill and Wood-working Machinery," also volumes on gas and oil engines, stone-working machinery, pumps, etc. He did much journalistic work for The Timber Trades Journal.

His death took place on 22nd February 1920 at Chiswick, in his seventieth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1877; and he was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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Sources of Information

  1. ICE records
  2. 1871 Census
  3. 1881 Census
  4. The London Gazette Publication date:22 September 1885 Issue:25513 Page:4483
  5. The London Gazette Publication date:13 October 1885 Issue:25519 Page:4757
  6. 1811 Census
  7. 1920 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries