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Arthur Hugh Baldwin

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Arthur Hugh Baldwin (1854-1925) of Kendall and Gent

1926 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR HUGH BALDWIN was born at Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire, on 13th February 1854, and was educated at Uppingham.

He served an apprenticeship in the works of Messrs. Sharp Stewart and Co., Manchester, and subsequently spent three years with the same firm as draughtsman and erector.

In August 1880 he joined Messrs. Kendall and Gent, machine-tool makers, Manchester, as partner, thus commencing a life-long connexion with that well-known firm. He took an active interest in the construction and equipment of the firm's new works which were erected in 1897 at Belle Vue, Gorton.

On the formation of the firm into a limited company in 1903 he became a Joint Governing Director, and in 1920, when the business was converted into a public limited company — under the title "Kendall and Gent (1920) Ltd." - he became Chairman — a position which he retained up to the time of his death.

Mr. Baldwin took great interest in the machine-tool trade and in matters cognate thereto. He was a Director of the "Associated British Machine Tool Makers, Limited, London," and was for many years on the Board of the Manchester and District Engineering Employers' Federation, and a Founder Member of the Engineers' Club, Manchester.

He died at his residence, West Didsbury, on 24th May 1925.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1894.

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