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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

William Alfred Pearn

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William Alfred Pearn (c1858-1924) of Frank Pearn and Co

1858 July 23rd. William Alfred Kelsey Pearn born in Manchester the son of Richard Potter Pearn and his wife Elizabeth. Had two older brothers Sinclair Pearn and Frank Pearn.

1861 Living at Moss Lane, 8 Hutton Street, Manchester: Richard Pearn (age 44 born Dawlish), Tailor employing 12 men and 2 boys. With his wife Elizabeth Pearn (age 44 born Handcross, Sussex) and their two children; Lousia Pearn (age 8 born Manchester) and William Pearn (age 2 born Manchester). Also an apprentice and one servant.[1]

1911 Living at Kelsie, Birchfields Road, Rusholme: William Alfred Pearn (age 52 born Manchester), Mechanical Engineer - Hydraulic Engineering - Employer. With his wife Agnes Mary Pearn (age 50 born Manchester) and their three children; Cyril Sinclair Pearn (age 21 born Manchester), Mechanical Engineer - Hydraulic Engineering; William Norman Pearn (age 18 born Manchester), Apprentice Engineer - Motor Cars; and George Gordon Pearn (age 12 born Manchester). One servant.[2]


1924 Obituary [3]

" Mr. William Alfred Pearn, partner in the firm of Frank Pearn and Co Limited, Manchester. Mr. Pearn was sixty-six years of age and was the youngest of the three brothers Sinclair, Frank, and William, who built up a business; which has a high reputation in the engineering world. Mr. Frank Pearn the head of the concern, died a few years ago.

Although Mr. William Pearn took a very active part in the business with which he had been intimately associated since boyhood, he was little known in public life. He devoted his attention almost entirely to works management and was responsible for several useful inventions, notably the lightning tapper and the horizontal surfacing, boring, drilling, and tapping machine..." [more].


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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 Census
  2. 1911 Census
  3. The Engineer 1924/07/04