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Frank Ashwell

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Frank Ashwell (1855-1896) of F. Ashwell and Ashwell and Nesbit

of 10 Erskine Street, Leicester.

1896 Frank Ashwell died, aged 41.

1896 Obituary [1]

FRANK ASHWELL was born in Nottingham on 25th May 1855.

After being educated at the High School he entered the works of Messrs. Manlove, Alliott and Co., as a pupil in 1872.

Having passed through the various departments, he went in 1877 to the works of Messrs. Caird and Co. of Greenock, where he remained two years.

In 1879 he commenced business on his own account in Leicester, as a manufacturer particularly of warming and ventilating appliances for use in public buildings, of which a large number were so fitted up by him in various localities, including asylums, municipal and county buildings, banks and schools.

In 1891 he took into partnership Mr. D. M. Nesbit, who had been manager since 1883 of the warming and ventilating department.

A London branch of the business was opened in 1891, and other branches afterwards in Nottingham, Newcastle-on-Tyne, and Dublin. In sixteen years the works in Leicester had grown to the extent of employing 250 hands.

His death took place at Leicester on 4th December 1896, at the age of forty-one.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884.

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