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Edward Lord

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Edward Lord (1812-1875) of Walsden, Todmorden of Lord Brothers.

1812 Born in Todmorden, son of John Lord and his wife Martha.

1851 Edward Lord 39, partner of 5; machine makers/cotton spinners, employing cotton mill 5 men, 7 men (sic) and 24 (unclear), mechanics 59 men, 23 boys, lived in Todmorden with Mary Lord 35, Martha Lord 11, Evina Lord 7, Frank Lord 2, Samuel Lord under 1 Mo, and his mother Martha Lord 72, widow[1]

1861 Edward Lord 49, machinist, cotton spinner and manufacturer in the firm Lord Brothers, employing in the machinists 17 men and 20 boys, and in cotton factory 33 men and 43 women and 7 (unclear) young persons and 59 children, lived in Todmorden with Mary Lord 45, Martha Lord 21, Evina Lord 17, Walter Lord 8, Fred Lord 6, Will Lord 4[2]

1866 Edward Lord, Lord Brothers, Machinists, Todmorden.[3]

1867 Machinist, cotton manufacturer; his daughter Evina married John Elce[4]

1875 September 10th. Edward Lord Died.[5]

1891 Directory (Todmorden): Listed as Cotton spinner and manufacturers. More details[6]

1876 Obituary [7]

EDWARD LORD was born on 1st March 1812, being the youngest son of Mr. John Lord of Todmorden, who in 1835 commenced with six of his sons the business of machinists at Clough Walsden, subsequently removing to the Canal Street Works, Todmorden, where the two businesses of machinists and cotton spinners were carried on under the firm of Lord Brothers, of which Mr. Edward Lord was the last surviving member.

It was no doubt to his business aptitude and mechanical skill that the leading position of the firm was greatly due, their business extending to every country where cotton machinery is employed; and his name is associated with some of the most useful inventions in that class of machinery. He also gave his support to every means for the prosecution of scientific enquiry.

He was one of the founders of the Carnforth Haematite Iron Co., and a director of the Norton Iron Co., the Beverley Iron Co., and many other companies in England and elsewhere.

His death took place at his residence, Adam Royd, Todmorden, on 10th September 1875, in the 64th year of his age.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1866.

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