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Thomas Constantine Fawcett

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Thomas Constantine Fawcett (1839-1899) of T. C. Fawcett Burmantofts Foundry, Leeds, and Thomas C. Fawcett

1899 Obituary [1]

THOMAS CONSTANTINE FAWCETT was born at Armley, near Leeds, on 29th April 1839.

Having developed in early youth a strong natural taste for mechanics and engineering, he commenced his career in the works of Sir Peter Fairbairn, Wellington Foundry, Leeds, where he was employed for a few years.

Thence he went to complete his apprenticeship with Messrs. Greenwood and Batley, Albion Works, Leeds, where after a few years' service he was made foreman over a department in 1859. In this position he continued for three years until 1862, when he started business for himself as a maker of engineers' tools at Victoria Works, Shannon Street, Leeds.

About five years later he took up brick-making machines as a special manufacture, and was highly successful in all kinds of clay-working machinery, particularly for making wire-cut bricks from semi-dry and stiff plastic clay. Of this machinery he made many complete sets, besides many special adaptations to meet peculiar varieties of material; and also various special engines and pumps.

In 1886 the concern was removed to the Whitehouse Engineering Works, Hunslet Road, Leeds; and in 1895 was formed into a company, enabling him to leave the management in other hands, and to seek a little well-earned rest after having been in active business for thirty-seven years.

He died at his residence, Parkhurst, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, on 27th October 1899, at the age of sixty.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1882.

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