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Francis Howlett

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Francis Howlett (1845-1929) of Henry Clayton, Son and Howlett, Atlas Works, Woodfield Road, Harrow Road, London, W.

1845 Born in Bircham Tofts, Norfolk

1871 Frances Howlett 26, engineer, lived in Atlas House,Woodford Roa, next door to Atlas Works where Henry Clayton and his family lived[1]

1891 Engineer, employer, lived in St Mary Paddington[2]

1901 Mechanical engineer, employer, lived in St Mary Paddington[3]

1911 Retired engineer machinery manufacturers, lived in Maida Vale, Paddington[4]

1929 Died in London[5]

1929 Obituary [6]

FRANCIS HOWLETT was born in Norfolk in 1845 and became a partner in the firm of Messrs. Clayton, Howlett and Venables, into whose works he had entered early in life. The chief work of the firm was the manufacture of brick-making and laundry machinery.

In 1900 the business was acquired by the Brightside Foundry and Engineering Company, for whom Mr. Howlett acted as London manager for many years.

He was elected a Member of the Institution as long ago as 1877, and at the time of his death, on 24th May 1929, he was 84 years of age.

He was an expert colour photographer.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 census
  2. 1891 census
  3. 1901 census
  4. 1911 census
  5. BMD
  6. 1929 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries