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Benjamin Goodfellow (1811-1863)

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Benjamin Goodfellow (1811-1863) of Benjamin Goodfellow

1855 Patent to Benjamin Goodfellow, of Hyde, in the county of Chester, Engineer, for the invention of "improvements in ordnance."[1]

1855 Patent To Benjamin Goodfellow, of Hyde, in the county of Chester, Engineer, for the invention of "improvements in machinery for pumping, which improvements are applicable to the air pumps of steam engines and to other purposes."[2]

1857 Patent to Benjamin Goodfellow, of Hyde, in the county of Chester, Engineer, in respect of the invention of "certain improvements in the construction of steam boilers, and in the mode of supporting steam boilers on their seatings."[3]


1864 Obituary [4]

Benjamin Goodfellow was born in 1811 at Rainow near Macclesfield, and began to work in a silk mill at the age of six years: on the removal of his parents to Hyde near Manchester, he worked at the Carrfield Mills, Floweryfield, until 1838, and was ultimately employed there as a mechanic upon the various machines used in spinning and weaving cotton.

About two years later he established works of his own, for the manufacture of the steam- engine piston known by his name, and for general engineering work ; being particularly successful in his arrangements of compound steam engines for economising fuel, which have been largely adopted in the cotton manufacturing districts. He was one of the original members of the Institution from its commencement in 1847 and died on 29th April 1863 in the fifty-second year of his age.



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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 16 February 1855
  2. London Gazette 9 March 1855
  3. London Gazette 13 January 1857
  4. 1864 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries