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Tom Craven (c1850-1933) of Gresham and Craven and a director of Beyer, Peacock and Co

1850 Thomas Craven was born in Manchester, son of James Craven, a master mason, later a merchant.

1869/70 Joined Gresham and Heron; as he was under 21, presumably he was not immediately made a partner in Heron, Gresham and Craven; possibly the partnership initially involved his father[1]

1871 An engineer, living with his parents in Shelford[2]

1874 An engineer, son of James Craven, when he married Anne Elizabeth Cornforth in Manchester

1875 When J. S. Heron left the company due to ill health, the firm became Gresham and Craven.

1881 Thomas Craven 31, mechanical engineer, lived in Chorlton cum Hardy, with Annie E. Craven 28, Reginald C. Craven 5, Gerald C. Craven 2, Edith M. Craven 1[3]

Director of Gresham and Craven, engineers of Salford.

Director of the Cambrian Railways

1891 Living in Altrincham, a mechanical engineer, maker of engines and boiler fittings, with Annie E Craven 38, Gerald Craven 12, Edith Craven 11, Leslie Craven 9[4]

1902 Director of Beyer, Peacock and Co on its flotation[5].

c.1906 Married

1911 Living on private means in Hove, Sussex with Mary Craven 31, Rosemary Estelle Craven 4, Cicely Mary Craven 3[6]

1921 Re-elected as Beyer Peacock director[7].

1933 Died in London[8]



* Obituary[9]

WE have to record with regret the death of Mr. Tom Craven, who for half a century was an active partner in the firm of Gresham and Craven, Ltd., of Manchester , which was founded by his father. He was also for many years a director of Beyer, Peacock and Co., Ltd. He was eighty-three years of age, and although he had lived in London since his retirement, he used for a time to make regular visits to the works.



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Sources of Information

  1. Obituary of Tom Craven
  2. 1871 census
  3. 1881 census
  4. 1891 census
  5. The Times, 28 April 1902
  6. 1911 census
  7. The Times, 28 April 1921
  8. National Probate Calendar
  9. The Engineer 1933/12/22