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Joseph Barrow (1831-1918) of Thomas Shanks and Co

1862 Joseph Barrow, Tool Manager, Wellington Foundry, Leeds.[1] - probably Peter Fairbairn and Co

1918 Jan 13th. Died.[2]

1918 Obituary [3]

JOSEPH BARROW was born at Disley, near Stockport, on 16th October 1831.

At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to Messrs. Jones and Potts, locomotive engineers, of Newton-le-Willows, and later was employed at Whitworth's Works for about five years.

He then went to Messrs. Beyer, Peacock and Co., Gorton, for a time, and subsequently was engaged at the works of Sir Peter Fairbairn, Leeds.

In 1884 he entered into partnership with Messrs. Thomas Shanks and Co., of Johnstone, and during his long connexion with that firm he gave much attention to the design of machines for producing large screws. Among other inventions of his may be mentioned turbine boring machines, the V. and H. planes for accurate surfacing, and lathes for turning the largest diameter of rotors.

In 1908 he retired from the firm, and went to live at Northwood, Middlesex, where his death took place on 13th January 1918, at the age of eighty-six.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1862, and for very many years was one of the most constant attendants at the Summer Meetings.

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